Array ( [id] => 151 [title] => A COLOURFUL GIFT TO BC TEACHERS [date] => 1411992000 [preview] => <p>In support of BC public education, the Centre is offering free copies of the booklet to the first 200 teachers to sign up - no charge for the booklet, free shipping - first come, first served...</p> [description] => <p>My Drawing Our World is a 60-page full colour booklet featuring original drawings by children aged 7 to 14 from schools in Duncan, Victoria, and Salt Spring Island, BC. It is the culmination of a Centre for Child Honouring program in which students learned about the Covenant for Honouring Children and then illustrated its nine Principles.<br /><br />The drawings portray the world that the children would like to see: full of animals, trees, plant life, caring and safe communities, support for local farms and crafts people, nonviolence and loving parenting. This booklet is an inspiring resource for both teachers and students.<br /><br />In support of BC public education, the Centre is offering free copies of the booklet to the first 200 teachers to sign up - no charge for the booklet, free shipping - first come, first served. One booklet per teacher. Offer ends on November 15, 2014.<br /><br />Please sign up for your <a title="MDOW Booklet offer" href="http://www.childhonouring.org/mydrawingourworld.html" target="_blank">free booklet here.</a></p> <p><a title="MDOW Booklet offer" href="http://www.childhonouring.org/mydrawingourworld.html" target="_blank"><img title="mdow-cover" src="http://childhon.us.cloudlogin.co/uploads/mdow-cover.jpg" alt="mdow-cover" width="461" height="307" /></a></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

A COLOURFUL GIFT TO BC TEACHERS

Array ( [id] => 150 [title] => Raffi writes about the British Columbia education crisis [date] => 1410523200 [preview] => <p>Christy Clark Is Balancing the Budget at the Expense of Kids and Teachers...</p> [description] => <p><strong>Christy Clark Is Balancing the Budget at the Expense of Kids and Teachers</strong></p> <p>by Raffi Cavoukian</p> <p>Huffington Post - September 12, 2014</p> <p>I've been reflecting on why the months-long dispute between the B.C. government and teachers has shaken me so. Why should I be this bothered about a labour dispute? Why am I so mad at Premier Christy Clark and Education Minister Peter Fassbender -- aren't there two sides to any story?... Read more</p> <p>Read the <a title="blog" href="http://www.childhonouring.org/blog.html">full blog here </a></p> <p>Or read the <a title="Huffington Post" href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/raffi/bc-teachers-strike_b_5811248.html">full blog on Huffington Post</a></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Raffi writes about the British Columbia education crisis

Array ( [id] => 149 [title] => More Raves for Raffis LOVE BUG [date] => 1404907200 [preview] => <p>More Raves For Raffi&rsquo;s Love Bug; Video Premieres On Parents.com...</p> [description] => <p>Parents.com premiered the video for &ldquo;Love Bug,&rdquo; the title track of Raffi&rsquo;s long-awaited new collection of songs for children, which will be released on July 15. Watch the clip here: http://bit.ly/1mvDtqz<br /><br />Raffi was a guest on NPR&rsquo;s Weekend Edition on Saturday, July 5. Listen to host Tamara Keith&rsquo;s conversation with Raffi about Love Bug (complete with a lesson in barking) here: http://n.pr/1n4fv1J<br /><br /></p> <p><a title="More raves for Raffis love bug" href="http://www.rounder.com/2014/07/news/more-raves-for-raffis-love-bug">Read more.... </a></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

More Raves for Raffis LOVE BUG

Array ( [id] => 147 [title] => Raffi receives an Honorary Degree of Letters from Vancouver Island University [date] => 1401883200 [preview] => <p><strong>Raffi's Speech On Receiving an Honorary Degree of Letters</strong> - Vancouver Island University ~ Nanaimo, BC. / June 2, 2014</p> [description] => <p><strong>Raffi's Speech On Receiving an Honorary Degree of Letters</strong><br />Vancouver Island University ~ Nanaimo, BC. / June 2, 2014</p> <p>Raffi Cavoukian</p> <p>Respected elders, President Nilson, faculty members, parents and guests, fellow graduates:</p> <p>I&rsquo;m delighted to be with you&mdash;to receive this wonderful honour from Vancouver Island University, and to share this day with so many young adults. Not long ago, many of you were singing a song about a little white whale... and now, here you are: Beluga Grads!</p> <p>Throughout my career, the core value in all of my work has been <em>respect</em>&mdash;respect for children as whole people.</p> <p>On Salt Spring Island, where I live, I founded the Centre For Child Honouring. Child Honouring is an integrated philosophy for restoring communities &amp; ecosystems, a systemic remedy for the crises of our world&mdash;the &ldquo;children first&rdquo; way of sustainability. Our slogan is simply, <em>Respecting Earth &amp; Child. </em></p> <p>The Centre works with national and international partners, to advance Child Honouring as a universal ethic&mdash;to be lived in locally wise ways.</p> <p>Child Honouring holds that how we regard and treat our very young is the key to building humane and therefore sustainable societies.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a vision I have shared with luminaries such as the Dalai Lama and Jane Goodall, climatologist James Hansen and many other scientists, doctors, academics, economists, psychologists, entrepreneurs and systems thinkers who have embraced Child Honouring as a revolution in values&mdash;a <em>compassion revolution</em> that calls for a profound redesign of society, around the priority needs of its young.</p> <p>As a creed that crosses all faiths and cultures, Child Honouring calls us to examine everything: from child care policies to the right to a living wage; from how we measure economic progress to the stewardship of our planet; from the way parents treat their children to the impact of corporate exploitation on their young minds and bodies.</p> <p>And in this digital era, honouring the child takes on new dimensions. The tech revolution that has swept the world is a new electricity, and yet, about its benefits to societal intelligence, we have very little research.</p> <p>The Lightweb&mdash;all that we enjoy about the Internet&mdash;links us to a global storehouse of knowledge and also to those we love. Yet too much time with InfoTech can separate us from what is truly precious where we live, and within our families.</p> <p>Parenting is now more challenging than ever, children grow up in two different worlds: the real world, and the virtual&mdash;where kids are vulnerable to the perils of what I call the Darkweb. On the information superhighway, untrained drivers face many dangers.</p> <p>Although InfoTech was not designed for children, mobile tech devices are now in ever younger hands and laps. This has pediatricians and psychotherapists worried&mdash;they know that for little kids, InfoTech is &ldquo;too much, too soon, too fast.&rdquo;</p> <p>We know, and mustn&rsquo;t forget, that babies are not born to bond with tech. They&rsquo;re born to learn the wonders of Creation: the real world, its diverse textures and slow rhythms.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s why there&rsquo;s no advantage in starting kids early on tech, before they are able to navigate the real world. The opposite is true: kids who are grounded in real world wonders are the ones best equipped to become confident lifelong learners.</p> <p><em>That&rsquo;s why</em> I say to parents: IT can wait&mdash;kids have the rest of their lives for tech, and technology will surely continue its rapid pace of change. Today&rsquo;s tech may be obsolete in a few years.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the accelerating climate change that threatens life on Earth as we know it,</p> <p>is the greatest threat we face. Has InfoTech helped humanity galvanize much-needed action on climate change?</p> <p>During the 10 years that we&rsquo;ve had social media, the annual rate of Greenhouse Gases has not declined, it&rsquo;s risen. So, we might say that social media&rsquo;s connective power has so far failed to spark sufficient climate action. Time will tell if our species will change its ways.</p> <p>By any rational analysis, restoring the tainted future may take a miracle. The good news is, that miracle is you.</p> <p>In this pivotal time for humanity, using the Lightweb, you can connect at light speed for creating a culture of respect in our communities and online&mdash;with privacy by design, freedom and dignity for all.</p> <p>Millions like you are demanding and working towards a different possible world: one that&rsquo;s green and just, has stabilized climate, and provides for <em>all</em> its children.</p> <p>Today, I am inviting you&mdash;dear Beluga Grads&mdash;to keep alive the radical inquiry you were born with, to embrace the call of Child Honouring, to work with me in a compassion revolution: for the children in our midst, and for those you may have one day.</p> <p>Leonard Cohen wrote these immortal words, in his song Suzanne:</p> <p><em>There are children in the morning, they are leaning out for love, and they will lean that way forever. </em></p> <p>In closing, I implore you to live your life&rsquo;s purpose, to shine your light,</p> <p>shine your lightweb. Shine!</p> <p>Thank you.</p> <p><img title="viu" src="http://childhon.us.cloudlogin.co/uploads/Raffi VIU June2.14.jpg" alt="viu" width="400" height="482" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Raffi receives an Honorary Degree of Letters from Vancouver Island University

Array ( [id] => 148 [title] => #ABetterNet: Social Media's Unintended Consequences for Children & Youth [date] => 1401710400 [preview] => <p>Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth - May 12, 2014 - Toronto, ON<br />Webcast of event is now available...</p> [description] => <p><strong>#ABetterNet: Social Media's Unintended Consequences for Children &amp; Youth</strong>. Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth - May 12, 2014 - Toronto, ON</p> <p><strong>Webcast of the event</strong> is now available on the <a title="Webcast" href="http://hosting.epresence.tv/MUNK/1/Watch/530.aspx" target="_blank">Munk School of Global Affairs website</a></p> <p><strong>Description of event:</strong></p> <p>The internet is here to stay. The benefits, and dangers, of children and youth spending time online are well documented. From video calls with distant family members to cyberbullying, a web connected world is the reality for many children and youth and their caregivers today. The panel will explore the unintended consequences of social media.<br />&nbsp;<br />The expert panel shared their ideas and engaged in an interactive Q &amp; A with the audience.</p> <p><strong>Panel consists of:</strong><br />Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario<br />Raffi Cavoukian, C.M., singer, author, lecturer, and founder of Centre for Child Honouring<br />Sandy Garossino, Red Hood Project<br />Kwaku Aygemang, The Students Commission of Canada <br />Moderator: Irwin Elman, Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth of Ontario<br />&nbsp;</p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

#ABetterNet: Social Media's Unintended Consequences for Children & Youth

Array ( [id] => 146 [title] => RAFFI and Sandy Garossino co-write BLOG for Huffington Post [date] => 1398686400 [preview] => <p>Did Police Miss Chance To Protect Amanda Todd From Blackmailer?...</p> [description] => <p style="list-style: none; margin: 0px 0px 14px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: #000000; font-family: Georgia, Century, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 21px; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff;"><em>"If Amanda does not stay off the<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a id="FALINK_2_0_1" class="FAtxtL" href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/sandy-garossino/amanda-todd-canada-police-online-sex-extortion_b_5219705.html#">Internet</a><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>and/or take steps to protect herself online, there is only so much we as the police can do."</em></p> <p style="list-style: none; margin: 0px 0px 14px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: #000000; font-family: Georgia, Century, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 21px; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff;">-- Coquitlam RCMP email to Carol Todd in 2011</p> <p><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/11/amanda-todd-teen-bullying-suicide-youtube_n_1959668.html?utm_hp_ref=amanda-todd" target="_hplink">Amanda Todd took her life</a><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>in 2012 at the age of 15 after being relentlessly blackmailed by a ruthless predator. She deserved a more informed and effective police response than what was offered. She deserved to feel protected. So do all the Canadian kids who are being blackmailed or lured into performing sexual acts on webcam right now.</p> <p>Read full article on <a title="Huffington Post" href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/sandy-garossino/amanda-todd-canada-police-online-sex-extortion_b_5219705.html">Huffington Post here</a>:</p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

RAFFI and Sandy Garossino co-write BLOG for Huffington Post

Array ( [id] => 145 [title] => Nelson Mandela Dies at 95 [date] => 1386244800 [preview] => <p>Raffi's tribute to humanity's hero sprang from Mandelas call to global leaders in 2000 to turn this world around, for the children... <a title="Nelson Mandela" href="http://www.childhonouring.org/nelsonmandela.html">Read more</a></p> [description] => <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img title="Nelson Mandela" src="http://childhon.us.cloudlogin.co/uploads/mandela.jpg" alt="Nelson Mandela" width="400" height="357" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; border: 1px solid black;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span class="text_subtitle">Nelson Mandela</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Birthname: Rolihlahla Mandela<br />July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/z4bb4Uu7G-w?feature=player_embedded" width="640" height="360"></iframe></p> <h3><strong>Raffi &amp; Mandela 2001</strong></h3> <p><span>Raffis tribute to humanity's hero sprang from Mandelas call to global leaders in 2000 to turn this world around, for the children. In 2001, Raffi sang this for Nelson Mandela at Toronto's Ryerson University.</span><br /><br /><span>The song expresses the essence of Raffis Child Honouring philosophy, a children-first paradigm for societal change. A child-friendly world enriches all of us, and offers the best chance to create humand and sustainable cultures. All children want to live in peace, and to follow their dreams.</span><br /><br /><span>Child Honouring sounds a call to make a new covenant with the worlds children. Now is the hour, and weve got the power to turn this world around, Raffi sings.</span></p> <p><span>To read more visit our <a title="Nelson Mandela" href="http://www.childhonouring.org/nelsonmandela.html">Nelson Mandela</a> page.<br /></span></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Nelson Mandela Dies at 95

Array ( [id] => 144 [title] => Brighten your day with Raffi sound bites! [date] => 1384516800 [preview] => <p>New album for 2013!</p> [description] => <p><img title="Fun Food Songs" src="http://childhon.us.cloudlogin.co/uploads/Raffi_FunFoodSongs 2.jpg" alt="Fun Food Songs" width="400" height="361" /></p> <p>Purchase information below:<br /><br /><strong>Amazon.com</strong> - <a title="Amazon" href="http://www.amazon.com/Fun-Food-Songs-Raffi/dp/B00FAOCFDQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1384210909&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=fun+food+songs">http://www.amazon.com/Fun-Food-Songs-Raffi/dp/B00FAOCFDQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1384210909&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=fun+food+songs<br /></a><br /><strong>Amazon.ca</strong> - <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Fun-Food-Songs-Raffi/dp/B00FYGSKPC">http://www.amazon.ca/Fun-Food-Songs-Raffi/dp/B00FYGSKPC</a><br /><br /><strong>Amazon.co.uk</strong> - <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fun-Food-Songs-Raffi/dp/B00G7Y29KW">http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fun-Food-Songs-Raffi/dp/B00G7Y29KW<br /></a><br /><strong>iTunes Canada</strong> - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/fun-food-songs/id734139825">https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/fun-food-songs/id734139825<br /></a><br /><strong>iTunes USA</strong> - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fun-food-songs/id734139825">https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fun-food-songs/id734139825</a></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Brighten your day with Raffi sound bites!

Array ( [id] => 143 [title] => Lightweb Darkweb [date] => 1366977600 [preview] => <p>Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before It Re-Forms Us!<br />Lightweb Darkweb is a book on the need to reform social media, especially for young users...</p> [description] => <p><br /><strong><a title="Lightweb Darkweb" href="http://www.childhonouring.org/lightwebdarkweb.html" target="_blank">For more info or to purchase, please click here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>LIGHTWEB DARKWEB</strong><br />Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before It Re-Forms Us<br />Raffi Cavoukian ~&nbsp; &copy; Homeland Press (2013)</p> <p><em>Lightweb Darkweb</em> makes the case for the critical need to reform social media, especially for young users. Its author, Raffi Cavoukian, the renowned singer, Raffi, is also a writer, systems thinker, and founder of the Centre For Child Honouring. He offers three reasons for social media reform: safety, intelligence, and sustainability. A response to the suicide of Vancouver teen Amanda Todd after years of online harassment, and dedicated to her, <em>Lightweb Darkweb</em> is a call for sanity in the digital age:</p> <ul> <li>social media providers must make systemic changes for young users safety</li> <li>parents need to regulate their kids&rsquo; screen time and social media use</li> <li>society can optimize the benefits of the Internet only by reducing its shadow of social, ecological and health hazards.</li> </ul> <p><em>Lightweb Darkweb</em> highlights children&rsquo;s developmental needs as a key missing consideration in the digital revolution. The result is a much-needed book for our times.</p> <p><em>For millions of fans, Raffi&rsquo;s music was the soundtrack of their childhood. These &ldquo;beluga grads&rdquo; now share his songs with their own kids. Raffi has been described by the </em>Washington Post<em> and the </em>Toronto Star<em> as the most popular children&rsquo;s entertainer in the western world, and Canada&rsquo;s all time children&rsquo;s champion. Raffi is a tech enthusiast, entrepreneur, and ecology advocate. He holds three honorary degrees, is the recipient of numerous awards, and is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Club of Budapest</em>.</p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Lightweb Darkweb

Array ( [id] => 142 [title] => Red Hood Calls for Industry Response to Tragedy [date] => 1365681600 [preview] => <p>In the wake of the Rehtaeh Parsons tragedy, the <strong>Red Hood Project</strong> calls for industry and government to act immediately...</p> [description] => <p><strong><br /></strong></p> <p><strong>Red Hood Calls for Industry Response to Rehtaeh Parsons Tragedy<br /></strong><em>Thursday April 11, 2013</em></p> <p>In the wake of the Rehtaeh Parsons tragedy, the <strong>Red Hood Project</strong> calls for industry and government to act immediately to protect children from online exploitation.</p> <p>The photographing, texting and posting on Facebook of the gang rape of a child are unspeakable violations of our standards of decency. &nbsp;The Red Hood Project calls for the urgent overhaul of consumer protection, product liability, and corporate social responsibility in social media and mobile technology to meet a standard of safety by design. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;This issue goes far beyond the criminal prosecution of teenagers,&rdquo; says Sandy Garossino, co-founder of the Red Hood Project. &ldquo;Social media and smartphones are proliferating exponentially, and industry hasn&rsquo;t prioritized child safety. That&rsquo;s got to change. Graphic images of Rehtaeh&rsquo;s victimization were posted to Facebook, a $66 billion company. &nbsp;Facebook has the capacity to develop world-leading technology and hire tens of thousands of employees to actively control its site and protect children. &nbsp;Instead, it relies on a model of volunteer reporting of offensive material already posted, which is too late for kids like Rehtaeh Parsons and Amanda Todd. Canadian law-makers must compel Facebook and other companies to act. How many more child suicides will it take?&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Smartphones are emerging as a serious threat to children&rsquo;s privacy and emotional health,&rdquo; says Raffi, co-founder of the Red Hood Project. &ldquo;Mobile providers need to get involved and be part of the solution for families. &lsquo;Safety by design&rsquo; should be a priority.&rdquo; The Centre for Child Honouring, founded by Raffi, is co-founder of the Red Hood Project.</p> <p>In November 2012 the Red Hood Project issued an open letter to Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, imploring her to champion child protection online and to lead change in the social media industry safety standards. &nbsp;This letter was signed by Carol Todd, &nbsp;mother of Amanda, former prime minister Kim Campbell, Raffi, Garossino and many others. To date there has been no response from Sandberg or Facebook.</p> <p>&ldquo;Children and families are suffering agonizing losses far beyond what is seen in the media,&rdquo; says Carol Todd. &ldquo;Those kids and their parents need help today.&rdquo;</p> <p>Profitable social media companies need to be accountable for the risks their products create for children. It&rsquo;s time this is recognized by law.</p> <p><a title="redhood" href="http://www.redhoodproject.co"> www.redhoodproject.com</a>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Twitter: @RedHoodProject</p> <p>Facebook: <a title="red hood facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/RedHoodProject?fref=ts">https://www.facebook.com/RedHoodProject?fref=ts</a></p> <p>For Full pdf press release click&nbsp;<a title="press release" href="http://childhon.us.cloudlogin.co/uploads/RedHoodProject_NewsRelease_April11.pdf" target="_blank">here</a></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Red Hood Calls for Industry Response to Tragedy

Array ( [id] => 141 [title] => Raffi on CBC Business Show - Lang & O'Leary Exchange [date] => 1354276800 [preview] => <p>Raffi segment at 14 minute mark</p> [description] => <p>Raffi appeared on the November 30th <a title="Lang &amp; O'Leary" href="http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/Lang+%26+O%27Leary+Exchange/ID/2311706657/"><em>Lang &amp; O'Leary Exchange</em></a> show.<br />His segment is at the 14 minute mark.</p> <p><a title="Lang &amp; O'Leary" href="http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/Lang+%26+O%27Leary+Exchange/ID/2311706657/"><img title="Lang &amp; O'Leary" src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/LangOLeary1.jpg" alt="Lang &amp; O'Leary" /></a></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Raffi on CBC Business Show - Lang & O'Leary Exchange

Array ( [id] => 140 [title] => Internet Safety [date] => 1353499200 [preview] => <p><strong>Should Facebook do more to protect kids?</strong></p> [description] => [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Internet Safety

Array ( [id] => 139 [title] => RAFFI Concerts - Media [date] => 1350730800 [preview] => <p>Follow the latest media coverage for Raffi's concert series.</p> [description] => <p>Recent media articles<a title="Vancouver Sun" href="http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/music/Raffi+returns+stage+with+Beluga+Grads/7405184/story.html" target="_blank"><br /><br />Vancouver Sun</a><br />http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/music/Raffi+returns+stage+with+Beluga+Grads/7405184/story.html<br /><br /><a title="Province" href="http://www.theprovince.com/entertainment/Raffi+ready+shake+sillies+song/7410788/story.html" target="_blank">Vancouver Province</a><br />http://www.theprovince.com/entertainment/Raffi+ready+shake+sillies+song/7410788/story.html<br /><br /><a title="Times Colonist" href="http://www.timescolonist.com/technology/Raffi+back+there+gonna+belugas/7408491/story.html" target="_blank">Victoria Times Colonist</a><br />http://www.timescolonist.com/technology/Raffi+back+there+gonna+belugas/7408491/story.html</p> <p><a title="yummy mummy club" href="http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/blogs/chad-brealey-the-wild-and-the-innocent/20121025/raffi-locks-in-generation-now-the-concert">yummymummyclub.ca</a><br />http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/blogs/chad-brealey-the-wild-and-the-innocent/20121025/raffi-locks-in-generation-now-the-concert</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/raffi2guitar.jpeg" alt="raffi Concerts" width="400" height="297" /></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

RAFFI Concerts - Media

Array ( [id] => 137 [title] => My Dear Kavna: A Whale of a Love Story [date] => 1344596400 [preview] => <p><em>Reflections on an unusual friendship with a beluga mama</em></p> [description] => <p><em>Reflections on an unusual friendship with a beluga mama</em><br />Raffi Cavoukian</p> <p>My Dear Kavna,</p> <p>I feel like I&rsquo;ve lost a very dear old friend. Yet it&rsquo;s much more than that. Since hearing the news of your death, I have felt the loss of an extended family member&mdash;one who had a profound impact on me. Kavna, meeting you moved me so deeply it changed my life.&nbsp; <a title="Kavna Blog" href="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/Kavna%20blog-Final.links.pdf">Read more...</a></p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/19Ct8yx2uV4" width="420" height="315"></iframe></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

My Dear Kavna: A Whale of a Love Story

Array ( [id] => 136 [title] => Raffi Remembers Kavna - the Beluga Whale [date] => 1344510000 [preview] => <p>Raffi met Kavna in 1979 at the Vancouver Aquarium. The brief encounter was so powerful that it led him to record &ldquo;Baby Beluga&rdquo; &ndash; a song loved by millions.</p> [description] => <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/19Ct8yx2uV4" width="420" height="315"></iframe></p> <p><br /><span id="more-9383"></span>Raffi met Kavna in 1979 at the Vancouver Aquarium. The brief encounter was so powerful that it led him to record &ldquo;Baby Beluga&rdquo; &ndash; a song loved by millions.</p> <p>For the full story of how Kavna impacted Raffi's life read his <a title="Autobiography" href="http://www.childhonouring.org/store.html?item=13">autobiography, The Life of a Children's Troubadour.</a></p> <p>Raffi will be returning to the stage this Fall in a series of <a title="Raffi's #belugagrads - Concerts" href="http://www.childhonouring.org/concerts.html" target="_blank">family concerts</a>, his first in ten years.</p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Raffi Remembers Kavna - the Beluga Whale

Array ( [id] => 135 [title] => Raffi's #belugagrads - Concerts [date] => 1340193600 [preview] => <p>We are pleased to announce Raffi #belugagrads Concerts</p> [description] => <p>We are pleased to announce Raffi #belugagrads Concerts in these cities:</p> <ul> <li>March 21 - Winnipeg, MB - Pantages Playhouse - 7pm</li> <li>March 23 - Calgary, AB - Jack Singer Hall - 2pm.</li> <li>March 24 - Edmonton, AB - Winspear Centre - 2pm.</li> <li>April 6 - Berkley, CA &ndash; Zellerbach Auditorium &ndash; 1pm.</li> <li>April 7 - Santa Barbara, CA &ndash; Arlington Theatre &ndash; 1pm.</li> <li>April 28 - New York, NY &ndash; The Town Hall &ndash; 1pm.</li> <li>April 29 - New Haven, CT &ndash; Shubert Theater &ndash; 7pm.</li> <li>May 4 - Boston, MA &ndash; Berklee Performance Center &ndash; 1pm.</li> <li>May 5 - Washington, DC &ndash; Warner Theatre &ndash; 1pm.</li> <li>May 18 - Minneapolis, MN &ndash; The State Theatre &ndash; 1pm.</li> <li>May 19 - Aurora, IL &ndash; The Paramount Theatre &ndash; 1pm.</li> </ul> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 20px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; display: inline ! important; float: none;">Proceeds benefit The Centre for Child Honouring.<br /></span></p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 20px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; display: inline ! important; float: none;">Scroll down below the poster to find out<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 20px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; display: inline ! important; float: none;">how to buy tickets.</span></p> <p><img src="http://childhonouring.org/uploads/Raffi_Concert_Pic_WebPhoto.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="647" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p><strong>NOTE:</strong> Select tickets will include an opportunity to meet Raffi in person after the show. Please contact ticket seller for more info and prices.</p> <p><strong>Calgary </strong>- tickets&nbsp;available online at <a href="http://www.epcorcentre.org/WhatsOn/ShowDetails.aspx?show_id=1381D1F3-74F6-4333-A841-68B7201C23D7">www.epcorcentre.org</a>, by phone at 403.294.9494, or on person at Epcor Centre Box Office, located at 225 - 8 Avenue SE in Centre Court.</p> <p><strong>Winnipeg </strong>-&nbsp;tickets available online <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/1100498ADDEEC2A7?artistid=753662&amp;majorcatid=10003&amp;minorcatid=55">www.ticketmaster.ca</a>, by phone at 1.855.985.5000, or in person at all Ticketmaster outlets. <em>Tickets on sale Friday December 14th at 10:00am.</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Edmonton </strong>-&nbsp;tickets available online at <a title="winspear" href="http://www.winspearcentre.com/all-events/2013-events/raffi/">www.winspearcentre.com</a>, by phone at 780.428.1414 or 1.800.563.5081, or in person at the Winspear Centre Box Office (corner of 99 Street and 102 Avenue).</p> <p><strong>Berkley </strong>-&nbsp;tickets available online at <a href="https://commerce.cpsma.berkeley.edu/tickets/tickets/production.aspx?productionNumber=8380">http://tickets.berkeley.edu/</a> by phone at 510.642.9988, or in person at the Zellerbach Hall Ticket Office.</p> <p><strong>Santa Barbara</strong> -&nbsp;tickets available online at <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/09004A46C89E7475?artistid=753662&amp;majorcatid=10003&amp;minorcatid=55">http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/09004A46C89E7475?artistid=753662&amp;majorcatid=10003&amp;minorcatid=55</a>, by phone at 1.800.745.3000 and 1.805.963.9589, or in person at the Arlington Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.</p> <p><strong>New York </strong>-&nbsp;tickets available online at <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/03004A3E87D87CF4?artistid=753662&amp;majorcatid=10003&amp;minorcatid=55">http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/03004A3E87D87CF4?artistid=753662&amp;majorcatid=10003&amp;minorcatid=55</a>, by phone at 1.800.982.2787, or in person at The Town Hall three weeks prior to the show.</p> <p><strong>New Haven </strong>-&nbsp;tickets available online at <a href="http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase">http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase</a>, by phone at 1.800.228.6622, or in person at the Shubert Box Office (located at 247 College Street).</p> <p><strong>Boston </strong>- tickets available online at <a href="http://berklee.edu/BPC">http://berklee.edu/BPC</a> or by phone at 617.747.2261.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Washington </strong>- tickets available online at <a href="http://concerts.livenation.com/event/15004A3ECDA36FB1?crosssite=TM_US:753662:172129">www.ticketmaster.com</a>, by phone at 1.800.745.3000, or at the Warner Theatre box office.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Minneapolis </strong>-&nbsp;tickets available online at <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/06004A3DAAC37B60?artistid=753662&amp;majorcatid=10003&amp;minorcatid=55">www.ticketmaster.com</a>, by phone at 1.800.745.300, or in person at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Avenue).</p> <p><strong>Aurora </strong>-&nbsp;tickets available online at <a href="http://paramountaurora.com/events/raffi/">http://paramountaurora.com/events/raffi/</a>, by phone at 630.896.6666, or in person at the Paramount Theatre.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Previous Concerts</span></strong><br />October 20th, 2012 - Victoria, BC<br />October 21st, 2012 - Vancouver, BC<br />October 27th, 2012 - Seattle, WA<br />December 2 - Toronto, ON&nbsp;<br />December 3 - Ottawa, ON</p> <p>These concerts were presented in association with the following organizations:<br /><br />Victoria - <a title="Sierra Club" href="http://www.sierraclub.bc.ca/">Sierra Club BC</a> &amp; <a title="Success by 6" href="http://successby6victoria.ca/">Success By 6</a><br />Vancouver - <a title="arts umbrella" href="http://www.artsumbrella.com/">Arts Umbrella</a><br />Seattle - <a title="Children's museum" href="http://thechildrensmuseum.org/">Seattle Children&rsquo;s Museum</a> &amp; <a title="Yes magazine" href="http://www.yesmagazine.org/">YES! Magazine</a><br />Toronto - <a title="Taking it global" href="http://www.tigweb.org/">Taking It Global</a><br />Ottawa - <a title="cheo" href="http://www.cheo.on.ca/">CHEO</a><br /><br /></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Raffi's #belugagrads - Concerts

Array ( [id] => 134 [title] => The Environment Is Dead: Long live Mother Nature [date] => 1337770800 [preview] => <p>&ldquo;Environmentalism has failed&rdquo; is a statement that deserves attention. </p> [description] => <p><strong></strong><em>Environmentalism&rsquo;s failure raises key questions in moving forward </em></p> <p>Raffi Cavoukian</p> <p>&ldquo;Environmentalism has failed&rdquo; is a statement that deserves attention. It comes from famed environmentalist David Suzuki marking 50 years since Rachel Carson&rsquo;s book, <em>Silent Spring, </em>widely regarded as having sparked the environmental movement.&nbsp; <a title="Mother earth" href="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/final%20THE%20ENVIRONMENT%20is%20dead.pdf">Read more...</a></p> <p><img title="earth" src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/earth.jpg" alt="earth" width="240" height="171" /></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

The Environment Is Dead: Long live Mother Nature

Array ( [id] => 133 [title] => My Pete Seeger Spring: A visit to say thanks [date] => 1336734000 [preview] => [description] => <p>by Raffi Cavoukian</p> <p>On a fine spring day with trees in soft green bloom I left Manhattan <br />for Pete Seeger&rsquo;s place... <a title="Seeger" href="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/rev-Seeger blog May11.12.pdf">Read more </a></p> <p><img title="Raffi &amp; Seeger" src="../uploads/seeger&amp;raffi.jpeg" alt="Raffi &amp; Seeger" width="278" height="371" /></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

My Pete Seeger Spring: A visit to say thanks

Array ( [id] => 132 [title] => ON HOCKEY DAYS Raffi video now on YouTube [date] => 1333364400 [preview] => [description] => <p>Fun &amp; fair play in a toe-tapping song!! <br /><span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5nvRC628Dls" width="460" height="315"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

ON HOCKEY DAYS Raffi video now on YouTube

Array ( [id] => 131 [title] => On Hockey Days - released on iTunes! [date] => 1332759600 [preview] => [description] => <p>Raffi's new all ages song "<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/on-hockey-days-single/id511517179" target="_blank">On Hockey Days</a>" is now on iTunes in Canada <br />and the US.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a title="On Hockey Days" href="http://www.childhonouring.org/on_hockey_days.html">Read more</a></span><br /><br /><strong>"Great song with a catchy message!"</strong>~ Hockey Canada</p> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/on-hockey-days-single/id511517179" target="_blank"><img src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/_OnHockeyDays_mar1_915am.jpg" alt="Raffi on hockey days" width="360" height="360" /></a></p> <p><br /><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/on-hockey-days-single/id511517179" target="_blank"><img src="../uploads/itunes-buy-now.png" alt="" width="125" /></a> (Canada)</p> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/on-hockey-days-single/id512618336" target="_blank"><img src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/itunes-buy-now.png" alt="" width="125" /></a> (US)</p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

On Hockey Days - released on iTunes!

Array ( [id] => 130 [title] => Raffi to receive the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal [date] => 1330689600 [preview] => [description] => <p>David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, has informed Raffi that he is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.</p> <p>On Friday March 16th the Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of BC will be presenting Raffi Cavoukian with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. This medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the Throne. The ceremony will be held on Friday March 16th at the Government House in Victoria. Congratulations to Raffi!</p> <p><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'Helvetica';">&nbsp;<img src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/government_house.jpg" alt="" width="350" height="286" /></span></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Raffi to receive the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal

Array ( [id] => 129 [title] => Raffi at TEDxVictoria - Respecting Earth & Child: Connecting the dots [date] => 1326801600 [preview] => [description] => <p>Raffi's "must see" TEDx talk connects Earth and Child dots with wit and grace, bridging psychology, spirit, and ecology in a moving way. Many themes here for educators, parents, and yes, beluga grads! (Study guide to come). Oh, and he sings, too!</p> <p> <object width="425" height="350" style="width: 425px; height: 350px;" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/n4MJRD4Wn6s&amp;feature" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="data" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/n4MJRD4Wn6s&amp;feature" /> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/n4MJRD4Wn6s&amp;feature" /> </object> </p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Raffi at TEDxVictoria - Respecting Earth & Child: Connecting the dots

Array ( [id] => 128 [title] => Raffi's Blog on Hockey, Kids & Canada [date] => 1326196800 [preview] => [description] => <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong>What's Pro Hockey got to do with world peace?</strong></span><strong><br /></strong><em>Stand on guard for kids and the game we love</em></p> <p>You might wonder - pro hockey &amp; world peace - what's this about, is he nuts?... <a title="What's Pro Hockey got to do with world peace?" href="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/_What&rsquo;s Pro Hockey got to do with world peace.pdf" target="_blank">Read more</a></p> <p><img src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/rc-hockey.jpg" alt="Raffi" width="275" height="206" /></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Raffi's Blog on Hockey, Kids & Canada

Array ( [id] => 127 [title] => My Drawing Our World Project - Launches video [date] => 1326110400 [preview] => [description] => <p style="text-align: justify;"><br />Watch our video which portrays the Centre for Child Honouring program called <strong>"My Drawing Our World"</strong> - A children's art program and exhibit. <br /> <br /> This educational program invites children ages 7 &ndash; 14 to artfully express the vision and principles of Child Honouring. This is done through art-making workshops and participation with supervision and parental consent.<br /> <br /> Displaying the children&rsquo;s art in a variety of settings will show people the Child Honouring vision through the innocence, delight and honesty of children&rsquo;s art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To learn more about this program and to view the children's art work from the schools who completed this project, please visit:<a title="My Drawing Our World Project" href="http://www.childhonouring.org/mydrawingourworld.html"><br />http://www.childhonouring.org/mydrawingourworld.html</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> <object width="425" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/iJ5E5Uteybk&amp;feature" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="data" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/iJ5E5Uteybk&amp;feature" /> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/iJ5E5Uteybk&amp;feature" /> </object> </p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

My Drawing Our World Project - Launches video

Array ( [id] => 126 [title] => Layton's "Letter to a Nation" honoured in song by Raffi [date] => 1319716800 [preview] => [description] => <p style="text-align: justify;">For Immediate Release: October 27, 2011<br /> <br />Like so many Canadians across the country and across party lines, west coast singer/ songwriter Raffi was deeply saddened by the recent loss of NDP leader Jack Layton.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;In his last letter to Canadians, Jack Layton expressed a spirit of cooperation and positivity that resonated strongly with me and with many Canadians. This message was so widely shared immediately after his passing, I wanted to capture its wisdom in song to help us remember,&rdquo; says Raffi, who in recent years has written songs inspired by the likes of Nelson Mandela, Jane Goodall, and the Dalai Lama.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Layton&rsquo;s last words&nbsp;gave Canada a historic moment. His message of love, hope, and optimism transcend politics&mdash;these are enduring values for young and old to embrace.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Raffi recorded &ldquo;Letter To A Nation&rdquo; on Salt Spring Island where he lives, after sharing the song demo with Olivia Chow (Layton&rsquo;s wife) who gave the song her blessing and expressed her support for its sharing.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #800000;"><em>"This song really touched me, as I'm sure it will touch countless people.&nbsp; <br />Jack believed so deeply in the ability of young people to change the world. <br />I hope today's children are as inspired by this song and by Jack's legacy."</em><br />Olivia Chow, MP <br /></span></p> <p><a href="../uploads/Letter_To_A_Nation.mp3">Click to download the song, and please Share!&nbsp;</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.childhonouring.org/lettertoanation.html" target="_blank">Click for more information about the song</a></p> <p><img src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/Layton words.jpg" alt="Words" width="479" height="330" /></p> <p>Media Contact: <br />Suzanne Little&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 250-538-8536 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; suzannelittlePR@gmail.com</p> <p>For information about The Centre For Child Honouring contact:<br />Sabrina Aven &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; 250 931-3190 &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="mailto:sabrina@childhonouring.org">sabrina@childhonouring.org</a><a href="http://www.childhonouring.org/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">&nbsp;</span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Watch Raffi sing this beautiful song at Layton-Chow's house, playing one of Jack's guitars!</p> <p> <object width="425" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/8X58YE4Orrw&amp;feature" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/8X58YE4Orrw&amp;feature" /> </object> </p> <p><a href="http://www.childhonouring.org/">www.childhonouring.org</a><br /><a href="http://twitter.com/childhonouring">http://twitter.com/childhonouring</a></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Layton's "Letter to a Nation" honoured in song by Raffi

Array ( [id] => 124 [title] => Raffi offers support, advice for Occupy protesters [date] => 1319194800 [preview] => [description] => <p>OTTAWA &mdash; A soothing voice from the childhood of many an Occupy Wall Street or Occupy Canada protester is offering them support and a few pieces of advice.<br /><br />Raffi, a Canadian performer and activist known best for his children's music, has been tweeting about the growing demonstrations across the United States and the ones about to kick off in Canadian cities this week.<br /><br />"May the spirit of Gandhi and MLK (Martin Luther King) move your thoughts, words, &amp; deeds -- keep it peaceful!" wrote Raffi, whose full name is Raffi Cavoukian.</p> <p><a href="http://edmonton.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20111014/raffi-occupy-wall-street-111014/20111014/?hub=EdmontonHome">Read more..</a></p> <p><img src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/800_raffi_cp_110511_430241.jpg" alt="Raffi" width="300" height="167" /></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Raffi offers support, advice for Occupy protesters

Array ( [id] => 122 [title] => Raffi Receives Honourary Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario [date] => 1307530800 [preview] => [description] => <p>On June 6, 2011 Raffi accepted his Honourary Degree from Wifrid Laurier University.<br /><br />His speech to the graduates was both moving and motivational. Read it <a href="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/_Laurier Hon Degree speech.pdf">here</a></p> <p>You can also read what the University had to say about this event from the article in their publication, <a href="http://www.thecord.ca/articles/46240">The Cord</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/raffi-degree.jpeg" alt="Raffi accepting his honourary degree" width="200" height="267" /></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Raffi Receives Honourary Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario

Array ( [id] => 120 [title] => Speaker Series: Annie Leonard 3pm at Community Gospel Chapel, Salt Spring Island [date] => 1306584000 [preview] => <p> <object width="425" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/osrjwOm15WU" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="data" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/osrjwOm15WU" /> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/osrjwOm15WU" /> </object> </p> [description] => <p class="text_subtitle">May 28 2011</p> <p> <object width="425" height="350" style="width: 425px; height: 350px;" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/osrjwOm15WU" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="data" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/osrjwOm15WU" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/osrjwOm15WU" /> </object> </p> <p class="image_left"><a onclick="window.open('http://childhonouring.com/uploads/poster-april19.jpg','Child Honouring','left='+(screen.availWidth/2-0)+',top='+(screen.availHeight/2-0)+'');return false;" href="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/poster-april19.jpg"><img title="Click to Enlarge" src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/poster-april19.jpg" alt="Click to Enlarge" width="204" height="264" /></a></p> <p><strong>Annie Leonard</strong>&nbsp;is the Director of THE STORY OF STUFF Project and author of&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.storyofstuff.com/">THE STORY OF STUFF (March 2010)</a>. In December 2007, Anni<strong></strong>e released The Story of Stuff, a 20-minute webfilm that takes viewers on a provocative and eye-opening tour of the often hidden costs of our consumer driven culture. The film has generated over 12 million views in over 200 countries a<strong>&nbsp;</strong>nd territor<strong>&nbsp;</strong>ies, making it one of the most successful environmental-themed viral films of all time. In her work, Annie sheds light on America&rsquo;s consumption craze as she connects the dots between all the stuff in our lives and the environmental, economic, and social issues we face. Drawing on two decades of experience traveling the globe visiting the places where our stuff is made and the places where it's dumped, Annie&rsquo;s rapid-fire, fact-filled stories lend humor and hope to what is all too often a bleak situation. Never one to dwell in the negative, Annie will share her thoughts on how we get ourselves out of this mess and move closer to a more just and sustainable future.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/AnnieColor.jpg">High Res Photo</a></strong></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Speaker Series: Annie Leonard 3pm at Community Gospel Chapel, Salt Spring Island

Array ( [id] => 121 [title] => Raffi to Receive Honourary Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University [date] => 1305720000 [preview] => [description] => <p><br />Wilfrid Laurier University announced this past week that Raffi Cavoukian will be awarded an honourary degree on June 6th during a convocation ceremony in Waterloo, Ontario.</p> <p>Citing his ethical business choices during his long music career and his work with the Centre for Child Honouring, Dr. Carol B Duncan, of Wilfrid Laurier University writes:</p> <p>&ldquo;Raffi's work in the linked areas of child advocacy, education and music is exemplary &hellip;Raffi has demonstrated the impact that a single individual with commitment, passion and determination can make on society. Significantly, too, Raffi's life experience demonstrates the positive value of individuals from diverse cultural contexts towards the development of contemporary Canadian society.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/Press Release Honourary Degree May 17.pdf">... Read More</a></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Raffi to Receive Honourary Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University

Array ( [id] => 119 [title] => NEW! 20th Anniversary Edition of Evergreen Everblue is now available [date] => 1304078400 [preview] => [description] => <p>On April 19th, 2011 The 20th Anniversary Edition of Evergreen Everblue was released. There are two bonus songs: SustainABILITY, and COOL IT (The Global Cooling Song)</p> <p><img src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/EvergreenEverblue_apr14.jpg" alt="" width="398" height="353" /><br /><br /><strong>Evergreen Everblue - Raffi&rsquo;s ecology album</strong><br />Award-winning songs, especially popular with students and teachers.<br />A celebration of our power to preserve the Earth for all generations.<br />A Resource for Sustainability Education.<br /><br />More and more parents and educators want to help young people learn about and deal with issues of sustainability, in positive ways that inspire them to respond. Evergreen Everblue is an environmental education tool with the power of Raffi&rsquo;s music. A musical call to action and commitment for all of us old enough to make a difference.</p> <p><strong>To listen to some of the songs, read the credits and lyrics or to order your copy please <a href="http://www.childhonouring.org/evergreeneverblue.html">click here</a></strong><br /><br /></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

NEW! 20th Anniversary Edition of Evergreen Everblue is now available

Array ( [id] => 118 [title] => Raffi sends his love and support for the children & Families in Japan [date] => 1303992000 [preview] => [description] => <p> <object width="500" height="305" data="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=21936459&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=0&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="data" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=21936459&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=0&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" /> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /> <param name="src" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=21936459&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=0&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" /> </object> </p> <p><br />Raffi's 1993 Broadway performance of Haru Ga Kita, popular Japanese<br />children's song meaning "springtime is coming", now available on YouTube<br />and offered with love from Raffi for the children of Japan. The song is also<br />on Raffi's 1987 CD, Everything Grows</p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Raffi sends his love and support for the children & Families in Japan

Array ( [id] => 116 [title] => Raffi Urges Young Canadians to Vote! [date] => 1303214400 [preview] => <p> <object width="425" height="350" style="width: 425px; height: 350px;" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/beu8HLoaSDQ" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="data" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/beu8HLoaSDQ" /> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/beu8HLoaSDQ" /> </object> </p> [description] => <p>See Raffi's Youtube clip encouraging Young Canadians to vote on May 2nd. <br />We are reaching out to candidates and inviting them to use this video in their campaigns.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> <object width="425" height="350" style="width: 425px; height: 350px;" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/beu8HLoaSDQ" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="data" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/beu8HLoaSDQ" /> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/beu8HLoaSDQ" /> </object> </p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Raffi Urges Young Canadians to Vote!

Array ( [id] => 115 [title] => Tweet Me Right (The Cairo Tango) [date] => 1299931200 [preview] => <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> <object width="485" height="401" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/HESwYi26xEw" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="data" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HESwYi26xEw" /> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HESwYi26xEw" /> </object> </p> <p>Raffi's new song inspired by social media and the peaceful revolution in his birthplace, Cairo.</p> [description] => <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> <object width="560" height="349" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/HESwYi26xEw?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="data" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HESwYi26xEw?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HESwYi26xEw?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> </object> </p> <p>Raffi's new song inspired by social media and the peaceful revolution in his birthplace, Cairo. For the story behind the song, <a title="Tweet Me Right Press Release" href="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/_Tweet_Me_Right_PR_03-12.pdf">click here.<br /></a></p> <p><strong>"Tweet Me Right" (The Cairo Tango)</strong><br />Words &amp; music by Raffi<br /><br />Recorded on Salt Spring Island by Ken Burke,<br />Produced by Raffi, &copy; 2011 Troubadour Music.<br />All Rights Reserved.</p> <p>Raffi ~ guitar, piano, accordion, Grecian urn.<br />Laurel Murphy ~ supporting vocals<br />George Sawa ~ qanuun<br />Adel Awad ~ dumbeg</p> <p><strong>Tweet Me Right now available around the world on iTunes! <br />Purchase it to support the Centre.</strong><br /><br />Now available in the following countries on iTunes:</p> <p>Tunes&ndash;UK<br />iTunes&ndash;Europe<br />Austria<br />Belgium<br />Denmark<br />Finland<br />France<br />Germany<br />Greece<br />Ireland<br />Italy<br />Luxembourg<br />Netherlands<br />Norway<br />Portugal<br />Spain<br />Sweden<br />Switzerland<br />iTunes-Japan<br />iTunes-Canada<br />iTunes-Australia<br />iTunes-NewZealand</p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Tweet Me Right (The Cairo Tango)

Array ( [id] => 114 [title] => Ecologik—For Egypt And Our World [date] => 1298980800 [preview] => [description] => <p>by Raffi Cavoukian</p> <p>Global warming didn&rsquo;t pause at all during Cairo&rsquo;s recent rebirth. In fact, every month of inaction on Earth&rsquo;s climate emergency makes recovery that much harder and costlier.</p> <p>In a recent essay, &ldquo;<span><a href="http://childhonouring.org/furtherreading.html?item=97">The Right To A Future</a></span>,&rdquo; I proposed a new lexicon for conveying accelerating climate change as the greatest threat on Earth, a crisis that constitutes a theft of futures&nbsp; for the world&rsquo;s children. I argued that climate change is the cumulative crisis which has no partial remedy, and that addressing it sufficiently requires nothing less than systems change. I suggested replacing the bottom-line &ldquo;economy&rdquo; with &ldquo;bionomy&rdquo;: a steward-the-biosphere model of sustainable commerce. I called for a compassion revolution.</p> <p>Tracking the Cairo revolution&rsquo;s hopes, heroes and martyrs amidst a complex of feelings from anger to elation, moved by the people&rsquo;s demands for nothing short of regime change, I thought about the global context of the Egyptian drama: the complex of issues including power, finance, bribery, social justice and self-determination that gripped the world&rsquo;s attention for eighteen days. And I asked myself, What could replace the enormously wasteful <em>Realpolitik</em> power brokering, that age-old Machiavellian fear-based geopolitics of &ldquo;political realism&rdquo; and adversarial posturing?</p> <p>Ecologik. (Eco-lo-<em>jeek</em>.)</p> <p>What if <em>Ecologik</em>&mdash;the interconnected intelligence of Earthly and human systems&mdash;became the organizing principle of not only international relations but also for how societies might reorder priorities? What if we looked at this idea with an Earth &amp; Child lens? Why not embrace a basis for redesigning institutional values that transcends politics, one based on what we know to be true about Nature and human learning? Why not redesign around what&rsquo;s real?</p> <p align="center">&bull;&nbsp; &bull;&nbsp; &bull;</p> <p>The urgent need to address global climate collapse requires a dramatically different global village than we currently have. The world needs a sustainable blueprint for international relations, one to reduce conflicts, diffuse tensions and help stabilize climate. Hostility (and warring) among nations is both a cause of global warming and an obstacle to addressing it, thus, a distinct security risk for all nations.</p> <p>In his memorable farewell speech in 1961, President Eisenhower eloquently warned of the dangers of military growth, and he cautioned against mortgaging the present against our grandchildren's future. Coming from a WW2 four star General and Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, these words are all the more extraordinary and imperative to the current geopolitics.</p> <p>"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. &uml;We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted&hellip;</p> <p>As we peer into society's future, we&mdash;you and I, and our government&mdash;must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow&hellip; We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow."</p> <p>In this spirit, it&rsquo;s paramount to remember that the chronic war-making machinery of <em>Realpolitik</em> is a substantial contributor to global warming. Military might uses trillions of dollars annually, requires massive amounts of fossil fuels and is a major polluter.</p> <p>With all the recent talk of the role of the military in Egyptian society we might well ask, &ldquo;What is the role of the military in <em>all</em> human societies?&rdquo; Can nations have security forces that serve rather than dominate citizens? Will the massive show of nonviolence in Cairo bring regime change in the rest of Arabia and beyond?</p> <p>With two dictators fallen in two months (first in Tunisia and then in Egypt), are we on the verge of a period when tyranny takes a tumble and there&rsquo;s no wall too tall to fall?<span> </span></p> <p><strong>Get Real</strong></p> <p>Get real! That&rsquo;s what cynics tell people who are busy creating a different possible world. But hey, we&rsquo;re all Egyptians now. We&rsquo;re deeply moved by the Cairo triumph of peace signs and mobile phones, the nonviolent moral power that conquered fear and defeated tyranny. Wael Ghonim (Google employee), journalist Mona Eltahawy, author and feminist Nawal El Saadawi&nbsp; are among the many inspiring Egyptians daring to dream of what&rsquo;s possible.</p> <p>Get real? That&rsquo;s what Egyptians are saying to U.S. foreign policy which, for three decades, financed a brutal dictator who stole billions, and to a regime that tried to defy the clear and resounding will of the people.</p> <p>Get real! That&rsquo;s what progressives demand of market fundamentalists who ignore what we know about Nature and human nature; of politicians addicted to fossil fuels and false notions; of the tired left/right rhetoric that clogs clear thinking.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s real is the biodiversity that sustains us, the interconnected family of life. All we need is found here in the life-giving energies of Mother Earth, not in disconnected economic theories. Every human can learn to appreciate and respect the synergy of living systems that contain systems within systems. Within this communion the human pulse can find its rightful place.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s real is learned in the human family, the theatre of love and belonging, and this can inspire what&rsquo;s real among nations. The longing of children for respectful love, of families for a good life, of communities for safety and vitality&mdash;that&rsquo;s what&rsquo;s real. Not the fear mongering of despots and nihilist ideologies; not the willful destruction of Nature, not the trafficking of children for sex or slave labour; not the perpetual warring of the military industrial elite;&nbsp; all that is collective madness.</p> <p>We, the people, dream of something dramatically different. We want a &ldquo;glasnost and perestroika&rdquo; to bring openness and restructuring to the grossly inequitable partitioning of wealth and resources that keeps billions in poverty and imperils our world. And in Egypt, we see signs of the possible and, perhaps, the birth of an era.</p> <p><strong>Turning Point</strong></p> <p>The Internet Revolution of Tahrir Square marks a turning point in international relations.</p> <p>Worldwide, social media is knocking secrecy for a loop, as &ldquo;facebookers and tweeters&rdquo; instantly report what&rsquo;s real on the ground. In Cairo, the outgoing regime couldn&rsquo;t keep up with those who communicate at light speed. Arianna Huffington commented, &ldquo;People can now connect to each other faster than any government can connect with its people.&rdquo; Longtime political analyst George Will put it starkly: &ldquo;It may be the case that tyranny&rsquo;s not feasible any more.&rdquo; Enter <em>Ecologik</em>.</p> <p>Funny thing about social media&rsquo;s boost to freedom of speech, information and communication: it doesn&rsquo;t go well with secrecy. And this high tech connecting savvy just might be the unraveling of <em>Realpolitik</em>. Secret police and &ldquo;intelligence&rdquo; agencies with vast resources are meeting their match: vast numbers of people who wish to be free, to eat and enjoy life. And young people are leading this freedom rally with a digital dance. To them, social justice is not some socialist trick, it&rsquo;s about fair trade and fair play.</p> <p>The call for a more equitable sharing of the planet pie evokes the Robin Hood ethic we loved as children. As mature adults, we want to do our best for our children. Grieving the loss of wisdom, community and biodiversity on a scale that now threatens global climate catastrophe, tired of the globalarchy, we can dream of and work towards what is long overdue and eminently possible&mdash;a paradigm shift to systems smart societies, in a world fit for children.</p> <p>In <em><span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_in_the_Balance">Earth In The Balance (1992),</a></span></em> Al Gore proposed that ecology become the central organizing principle of societies. The idea didn&rsquo;t take hold, partly because most people regard environmental matters pertaining &ldquo;only&rdquo; to air, water and soil, and because we didn&rsquo;t hear more from Gore on his idea while in office. In <em><span><a href="http://childhonouring.org/thebook.html">Child Honouring: How To Turn This World Around (2006)</a></span>,</em> I proposed that &ldquo;Child Honouring&rdquo; become our governing principle, since we can see the human face of ecology in the Child, the near and present concern of all families.</p> <p>As children go, so goes society. Investing in early childhood development is among the best investments (for return) a society can make, say economists. And when that investment is comprehensive enough to thoroughly detoxify all infant environments, the link between child well being and Earth restoration becomes clear. Remembering that child-friendly means Earth-friendly, we can know that doing right by the Child is also an effective way to restore our planet.</p> <p>Tending well to our first environment (mother&rsquo;s womb) and first garden (the early years), by respecting this formative period in human development we can enrich the entire ecology of being across the human spectrum, and within our Earthly habitat.</p> <p>We are social animals well endowed to explore a world of wonders. Respect for children&rsquo;s personhood offers the best chance to grow the well-educated and emotionally mature adults that open and sustainable societies require.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s more, we can grow a synergy culture on Earth&mdash;a diversity of child-honouring societies that increase joy, reduce suffering, detoxify their environs and help stabilize climate&mdash;a vibrant global culture whose whole is far greater than the sum of its parts.</p> <p>The real wealth of nations&mdash;in Egypt as in all nations&mdash;is in the wellbeing of their citizens. Caring is the key to that wealth. It is our sustaining virtue. With tyranny no longer feasible, <em>Ecologik</em> can come to the fore. We can indeed co-create a new global ethic. Worth tweeting!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Raffi Cavoukian, C.M., O.B.C., founder and chair of the Centre for Child Honouring, is best known as Raffi&mdash;singer, author, children&rsquo;s champion, ecology advocate, and entrepreneur.&nbsp; Member of the Order of Canada, Raffi is the recipient of numerous awards including the UN Earth Achievement Award, the Global 500 Roll, and two honorary degrees. His renaissance as a systems thinker includes the anthology he co-edited, Child Honouring: How To Turn This World Around (2006) and two recent companion CDs of motivational songs: Resisto Dancing, and Communion. <a href="http://www.childhonouring.org/">http://www.childhonouring.org</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Ecologik—For Egypt And Our World

Array ( [id] => 113 [title] => Concern over toxic BPA in cash receipt rolls... [date] => 1298980800 [preview] => <p><strong><br /></strong></p> [description] => <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Concern over toxic BPA in cash receipt rolls prompts call for switch to BPA-free rolls</strong></p> <p>An advocacy initiative of the Centre for Child Honouring regarding the use of Bisphenol-A in cash register receipts has taken a leap forward with the release of research findings overseen by Philip Landrigan who heads the Children's Environmental Health&nbsp;Center, and is Dean for Global Health, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Dr Landrigan is also a board member of the Centre for Child Honouring on Salt Spring Island.</p> <p>Centre founder, Raffi Cavoukian brought the matter to Dr. Landrigan&rsquo;s attention after coming across an article about the concerns over absorption of BPA by retail workers as well as shoppers, and he has also been advocating at the local level.</p> <p>&ldquo; When I brought the issue to the attention of our local health food store Natureworks, a few months ago, I was pleased to see that they immediately replaced their existing thermal cash rolls with BPA-free rolls. I encourage all our local shops to make the switch, while the Centre continues to advocate internationally on this issue,&rdquo; said Raffi.</p> <p>In a letter to Raffi, Dr. Landrigan writes: &ldquo;We have now completed a formal analysis of the problem and also submitted a report to the State Legislature in Connecticut to persuade them to ban the use of receipts containing BPA.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dr. Landrigan forwarded Raffi the report &ldquo;developed by one of our young physicians, a brilliant young woman who happens also to be Canadian &ndash; Andrea Wershof Schwartz, MD, MPH. She is a Beluga grad. I thought you would like to see the attached fruits of your inspiration.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>The US-based report notes:</p> <p>&ldquo;&hellip;retail workers are indeed exposed to higher levels of BPA than other American adults, with average blood concentrations of BPA levels one third higher in retail workers.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &hellip;<strong>while research continues into the potential effects of BPA in cash receipts, the EPA is seeking safer alternatives for American consumers and workers.&rdquo;</strong></p> <p><em>Dr. Landrigan is a leading pediatrician and international expert in children&rsquo;s environmental health. In 1999 he invited Raffi to present Child Honouring at a conference</em><em>&mdash;Environmental Influences on Children&mdash;</em><em>at the New York Academy of Medicine.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><span><strong>Full Report Below</strong></span>:</em></p> <p>Children&rsquo;s Environmental Health Center, New York / Feb. 22, 2011</p> <p><span>BPA in Cash Receipts&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <span></span></p> <p>BPA is considered a &lsquo;high production volume&rsquo; chemical in the USA, with American production estimates ranging from 800,000 metric tons<a href="#_edn1">[i]</a> to about 1 million metric tons per year, a 2 billion dollar industry.<a href="#_edn2">[ii]</a>&nbsp; Canada does not produce its own BPA.<sup>i</sup> In comparison, as of 2003 there were about 2 million tons of BPA estimated to be produced worldwide.<a href="#_edn3">[iii]</a></p> <p>The amount of BPA used in thermal paper, the type used for cash receipts, makes up a negligible percentage total BPA production, so small, in fact, that it does not seem to be tracked by BPA producers and chemical consulting firms.<sup>&nbsp;&nbsp; </sup>For example, a representative of one of the leading American BPA manufacturers, Hexion Specialty Chemicals (formerly Shell), which produces about 140,000 metric tons of BPA per year, stated the following in an email correspondence: &ldquo;Thermal paper and cash receipts is a VERY small end use for BPA. I don't have any numbers.&rdquo;<a href="#_edn4">[iv]</a> And a representative of Chemical Market Associates Inc. (CMAI), a private consulting firm that tracks upstream and downstream products of BPA in order to estimate total production, stated the following in an email correspondence:</p> <p>&ldquo;The vast majority of BPA is used for the production of polycarbonate which is primarily used to make CD/DVDs and in construction and automotive applications, or for the production of epoxy resins which are primarily used in protective coatings or plastics composites for things like wind turbines. The amount of BPA used for cash receipts is so small that we do not track it. It would be a fraction of a percentage of overall BPA use.&rdquo;<sup> </sup><sup>i</sup></p> <p>Despite making up such a small percentage of BPA use and market share, BPA in cash receipts may have a large potential public health impact. A study by the Environmental Working Group found &ldquo;substantial amounts of BPA on 16 of 36 receipts at an average amount of 1.9 percent by weight, and a range of 0.8 to 2.8 percent&rdquo;.<a href="#_edn5">[v]</a> A more recent study found 8 of 10 receipts to contained measurable levels of BPA.<a href="#_edn6">[vi]</a></p> <p>There is some recent evidence that BPA may be transferred from cash receipts to skin, but evidence is lacking as to whether it can be absorbed from the skin in to the blood stream in significant amounts.<a href="#_edn7">[vii]</a> For workers exposed regularly to cash receipts, however, the possibility of a harmful chronic exposure remains. According to the US Department of Labor&rsquo;s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the two largest occupations in the USA are retail salespersons and cashiers, who represent 1 of every 17 jobs.<a href="#_edn8">[viii]</a> In an analysis of CDC biomonitoring data, the EWG found that retail workers are indeed exposed to higher levels of BPA than other American adults, with average blood concentrations of BPA levels one third higher in retail workers.<a href="#_edn9">[ix]</a></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There is good news, though. Since 2006, the largest producer of thermal receipt paper in the USA, Appleton Papers Inc., has not been using BPA in its thermal papers.<a href="#_edn10">[x]</a>&nbsp; And the EPA has begun a &ldquo;BPA Alternatives in Thermal Paper Partnership&rdquo;, which includes representatives <strong>Thermal Paper Manufacturers and Converters,</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Chemical Manufacturers, Retailers and</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Trade Associations, among others.</strong><a href="#_edn11"><strong><strong>[xi]</strong></strong></a><strong> So while research continues into the potential effects of BPA in cash receipts, the EPA is seeking safer alternatives for American consumers and workers.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong></strong></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Concern over toxic BPA in cash receipt rolls...

Array ( [id] => 112 [title] => Canada needs a National Children's Commissioner [date] => 1298030400 [preview] => [description] => <p>Sign the petition now and say our children matter!<br /> <a href="http://e-activist.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=1672&amp;ea.campaign.id=8407&amp;ea.tracking.id=IRC9">Click here to sign</a></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Canada needs a National Children's Commissioner

Array ( [id] => 111 [title] => Cairo Sunshine All Around [date] => 1296648000 [preview] => <p>I close my eyes and wander to the city of my birth, and I&rsquo;m...</p> [description] => <p><span><strong>Reflections on the rebirth of my birthplace</strong></span></p> <p>by Raffi Cavoukian; Also appears on the <a title="Article in Huffington Post" href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/raffi/cairo-sunshine-all-around_b_817241.html" target="_blank">Huffington Post</a></p> <p style="text-align: left;">A siren song is this Cairo freedom fire, the Tunisian spark now a roaring flame. A new Mecca in Tahrir Square. <br /><br />I close my eyes and wander to the city of my birth, and I&rsquo;m just eight years old in the helio-polis my Armenian family called home, playing in the Cairo sands, my father&rsquo;s 1940s Studebaker winding up the road to the Pyramids. And I&rsquo;m now back in this moment, wondering, what exactly is this social media liberation hour we&rsquo;re in? The words come like this:<br /><br /><em>regime jam, the people&rsquo;s tram </em><br /><em>stronger than the aswan dam </em><br /><em>pyramid scheme a nation&rsquo;s dream a peoples&rsquo; stream</em><br /><em>of consciousness</em><br /><br /><em>grab your hat, don your fez</em><br /><em>caravan down to old Suez</em><br /><em>who cares what the empire says</em><br /><em>millions jammin in high rez</em><br /><em>social media social change</em><br /><em>regime jam Arabia!</em><br /><br />When life makes a mockery of prediction, you have to tilt your head a bit, squint your eyes to see straight. Dictators fall as they must, but this fresh Cairo breeze was so unexpected, a million strong gust for freedom. Stunning. <br /><br />One peoples&rsquo; liberation is potentially everyone&rsquo;s, and actually so. Egyptian courage gives us courage, we re-imagine daring, and we consider fresh responses to the tyranny of globalized greed and excess.<br /><br />Meanwhile, what&rsquo;s waning worldwide is secrecy itself, as peoples&rsquo; will to freedom rides social media&rsquo;s ease in communicating, planning, and gathering. Egypt&rsquo;s revolution is humanity&rsquo;s. And as a revolution enhanced by social media before the state silenced them, the Cairo scenario begs a question.<br /><br />Are we witnessing the emergence of a new fundamental human right&mdash;the right of citizens to connect via social media&mdash;the digital right to communicate? Does any nation that disrupts or suspends the people&rsquo;s right to communicate by this most democratic of means thus not suspend its own legitimacy?<br /><br />And consider the fate of the children of the entire Arab world. Can this &ldquo;Berlin wall moment&rdquo; of the middle east bring down the fundamentalist veil of gender oppression and religious intolerance? New support for the rights of all women to self-determination can torch the age-old patriarchal coercion that also keeps children cowed to obedience.<br /><br />Coercion vs volition, this primary human choice colours early years experience and can shape misguided belief systems or, of course, quite the contrary. Secure in our being, we can learn to celebrate life&rsquo;s diversity; we can revel in the basics that delight: the delicious foods that sustain families and enliven community, the hot drinks that bring us together, and the stories that keep us through the night and return us to work and play each morning. <br /><br />We humans were not created for obedience. We are made for creativity, and early on our unbounded spirits dare to sing our own song, our childhood imaginings form original futures in thought, word and deed.<br /><br />Egypt&rsquo;s jump for joy ends the fear of its ruling despot and the power behind him. One can only hope U.S. foreign policy stops its prop-the-dictator balance of power antics very soon. <br /><br />We&rsquo;re in a whole new geopolitical era, one with great promise amidst the turbulence, one that calls for new individual rights and new global priorities. The more freedom people have to self-determination and fulfillment of their basic needs, the better our chances of survival as a species. <br /><br />A new basic right is &ldquo;the right to a future&rdquo; for Earth and Child&mdash;for both our warming planet and her children scattered on all the lands called home. The right to a viable future is like a beacon to light universal human needs and hopes in this pivotal time for civilization.<br /><br />Egyptian courage emboldens the region and the world. Let the song of Egypt&rsquo;s liberty ring in our ears. Her sun is ours.<br /><br /></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Cairo Sunshine All Around

Array ( [id] => 110 [title] => Singing In The Rain [date] => 1296216000 [preview] => [description] => <p>The Centre thanks <a title="Wikipedia Profile James Hansen" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Hansen">Dr. James Hansen</a> for his public support of Raffi's essay "The Right To A Future."</p> <p>In his recent communique with his extensive mailing list, Dr. Hansen wrote&nbsp;<a title="James Hansen Website" href="http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/" target="_blank">"Singing in the Rain: Why we need Raffi"</a> and distributed a link to Raffi's recently published essay on the need for a new lens and lexicon with respect to climate change.<br /><br />Please join us in following news and updates from Dr. Hansen (pictured below with his grandchildren) about his work to mitigate the effects of climate change here: <a title="James Hansen Newsletter Sign Up" href="http://bit.ly/eYSl3t" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/eYSl3t</a></p> <p><img title="James Hansen" src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/jeh4.jpg" alt="James Hansen" width="396" height="278" /></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Singing In The Rain

Array ( [id] => 109 [title] => The Right To A Future [date] => 1295352000 [preview] => [description] => <p class="no_style"><strong>Urgent need for a new lens and lexicon for conveying climate collapse</strong></p> <p>Essay by Raffi Cavoukian</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/raffi/raffi-climate-change_b_809353.html" target="_blank">Huffington Post</a> featured a blog based on this essay, Jan.18, 2011.<a title="Huffington Post Blog Post by Rffi" href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/raffi/raffi-climate-change_b_809353.html" target="_blank"><br /><br /></a></em></p> <p>Are we tweeting while Earth burns? Is climate collapse our new collective Titanic? How do we best describe the survival struggle of 7 billion in a way that connects with the public and with decision makers? <br /><br />The science on global warming is clear and compelling. Earth is in serious climate crisis. That&rsquo;s why many writers have recently upgraded climate change to climate collapse, climate catastrophe, the long emergency. To convey the climate threat fully, we need a new Story.</p> <table style="width: 100%;"> <tr> <td style="width: 250px;"><img class="image_left" title="Earth" src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/earth1.jpg" alt="Earth Picture" width="216" height="210" /></td> <td class="sidebar_quote"><span><em>If not <br />for wonder, <br />if not for reverence, <br />if not for love, <br />why have we <br />come here?</em></span></td> </tr> </table> <p><em>&nbsp;</em>In a well known Greek myth, the very rich King Midas who loves gold above all else, is granted his singular wish that everything he touches turn into gold. The gift becomes a curse when his golden touch kills plants, food, and even his daughter, who is turned into a statue. Bereft and repentant, forsaking greed, the king begs for deliverance. His curse is lifted by a wash in the river. All he holds truly precious is restored.<br /><br />The modern version of the story is about a gold rush called globalization, a monetized world order that commodifies everything and poisons all that it touches: air, water, soil, whales, indigenous cultures, mothers&rsquo; milk, and babies, now born with a body burden of toxic chemicals. Money as symbolic reward for goods and services, when elevated above all else, becomes a curse. The symbol turns tyrant and casts a plague on the living. We&rsquo;re currently in the atonement chapter of the tragedy, praying we have time to write a happier ending. <br /><br /><strong>Planet Blue</strong><br /><br /><em>&ldquo;Planet Earth, creation, the world in which civilization developed,&nbsp; the world with climate patterns that we know and stable shorelines, is in imminent peril.&rdquo;</em>&nbsp; James Hansen (2009)<br /><br /><em>&ldquo;Regardless of what we do now, the Earth will warm by another half to a full degree centigrade by mid-century, bringing us uncomfortably close to what many scientists believe to be the threshold of disaster&hellip; We have the choice of life and death before us, but now on a planetary scale. </em><br /><br /><em>There is no historical precedent, however, for what we must do if we are to endure.&rdquo;</em> David Orr, (2009)<br /><br /><em>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re screwed!&rdquo;&nbsp;</em>David Letterman (2009)<br /><br />In this paper I propose a new lens and lexicon for conveying climate change as the greatest story of our time and the greatest threat on Earth, a tragedy of epic proportions, especially for the young. What's at stake is the future of humanity's children. We owe it to them to do everything possible to put things right. A call for fundamental systems change is the most sensible response to the continual wars of the current global disorder, its assault on the family of life and the unconscionable harm to the world&rsquo;s children. For their sake, urgently, we need a global &ldquo;bionomy&rdquo;: a stewarding economy that respects Earth and Child.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/Full Essay Raffi Jan 25.11.pdf" target="_blank">Download pdf </a>of full essay.</strong></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

The Right To A Future

Array ( [id] => 108 [title] => Raffi Co-authors Op Ed [date] => 1294401600 [preview] => [description] => <p><em>Michael Byers (UBC) and Raffi Op Ed published in a number of newspapers</em></p> <p><strong>Jan 7, 2011</strong></p> <h2><strong>A Bitter Truth in Ivory Coast</strong></h2> <p>The Ivory Coast is in turmoil. The UN General Assembly has recognized Alassane Ouattara as the democratically elected new president, but the incumbent Laurent Gbagbo refuses to step down.</p> <p><img class="image_left" title="Ottawa Citizen Logo" src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/ottawa.citizen.logo.png" alt="Ottawa Citizen Logo" width="222" height="82" />Governments worldwide have called on Gbagbo to concede defeat. The Economic Community of West African States has threatened to use force if negotiations fail. Meanwhile, hundreds of Ouattara's supporters have disappeared; there are reports of mass graves. But Gbagbo is complicit in another, particularly heinous crime.</p> <p>Within the Ivory Coast's cocoa industry, which supplies 40 per cent of the world's cocoa beans, there's widespread child slavery.</p> <p>Parents in the poorer surrounding countries of Mali, Burkina Faso and Togo hand their offspring over to traffickers in the hope that the children will find work in the Ivory Coast and send remittances home. Yet many of the children -- tens of thousands of them -- are never paid.</p> <p>Instead, they are forced to work under hazardous conditions, with machetes and pesticides. Many of them are malnourished, physically abused and subjected to nightly detention.</p> <p>Not surprisingly, international law prohibits slavery, which ranks with genocide as one of the worst international crimes. It also prohibits the employment of children younger than 14.</p> <p>On paper, Ivory Coast agrees. It has ratified the Slavery Convention, thus committing itself to "the complete abolition of slavery in all its forms."</p> <p>It has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which affirms "the right of the child to be protected from economic exploitation," as well as the Convention Concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment, which sets the baseline working age in undeveloped countries at 14.</p> <p>But tragically, these rules are not enforced. Sixty per cent of the cocoa industry workforce is made up of children under the age of 14.</p> <p>Worse yet, the child slavery helps Gbagbo to stay in power. The use of slave labour enables the cocoa to be produced cheaply, taxed heavily, then exported in return for hard foreign currency.</p> <p>In the circumstances, UN sanctions would certainly be justified. But that would not change the situation quickly: cocoa beans from the Ivory Coast are already being smuggled out through Ghana and Togo.</p> <p>Canadians can help by buying only Fair Trade certified chocolate, and by demanding that Ottawa support a UN-authorized military intervention by ECOWAS.</p> <p>British Foreign Secretary William Hague has indicated that his government would back ECOWAS if the regional organization sought a UN resolution authorizing intervention. Such a resolution might itself be enough to persuade Gbagbo to step down.</p> <p>If he does not, Canada should assist ECOWAS with intelligence and logistics, and then provide the new government of Ivory Coast with an infusion of aid.</p> <p>This aid should be made conditional on eradicating child slavery, paying the victims for their past work, and helping them return home. These conditions should be part of a comprehensive plan -- a new Canadian foreign policy priority -- to eradicate child trafficking and slavery worldwide.</p> <p>In the Ivory Coast, however, there is a need for immediate action. The child slaves need to be liberated now.</p> <p><em>Michael Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia. Raffi Cavoukian, C.M., is founder and chair of the Centre For Child Honouring on Salt Spring Island, BC.</em></p> <p><br />Link to Ottawa Citizen: <a href="http://bit.ly/f2FVoG" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/f2FVoG</a> <span></span><a href="http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/bitter+truth+Ivory+Coast/4074292/story.html#ixzz1AMw41dld"></a></p> <p>Also appeared in:The Montreal Gazette: <a href="http://bit.ly/fhB7kG" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/fhB7kG</a>&nbsp; The Calgary Herald: <a href="http://bit.ly/hm07Yl" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/hm07Yl</a></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Raffi Co-authors Op Ed

Array ( [id] => 107 [title] => Holiday Message [date] => 1291809600 [preview] => [description] => <p><strong><img title="Holiday Message Title" src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/HolidayTitleC.jpg" alt="Holiday Message Title" /></strong></p> <p><strong></strong>As we approach the holiday season, we at the Centre for Child Honouring are grateful for a very productive year in 2010!&nbsp;</p> <p>One of our dynamic ongoing initiatives, the <strong>Children and Nonviolence Initiative</strong> is helping bring together the world&rsquo;s faith leaders in a call to ban all forms of violence against children. Our <a title="Sign The Plea" href="http://www.childhonouring.org/childrennonviolenceinitiative.html" target="_blank"><strong>Sign the Plea</strong></a> campaign now has over 1,100 Plea signatories from around the world, and 150 faith leaders from 22 countries have signed the Proclamation. This initiative is building towards a multi-faith and universal declaration that cannot be ignored.&nbsp;</p> <p>For 2011,&nbsp;we are developing programs and partnerships that will have far-reaching and long-term benefits.&nbsp; For example, this year my "I CAN Song"&nbsp;became the theme song for the child-empowering international <a title="Our Partners" href="http://www.childhonouring.org/ourpartners.html" target="_blank">Design for Change</a> school contest, now active in 23 countries.&nbsp; As well, we are partnering with the global <a title="Our Partners" href="http://www.childhonouring.org/ourpartners.html" target="_blank">iMatter Campaign</a>, which will mobilize a million kids to speak out about the climate change crisis on Mother's Day 2011.&nbsp; To move forward with these initiatives, the Centre very much needs your support.</p> <p>Sustainability is key at this critical time, as people worry about the future of our planet. <strong>Child Honouring is the way t</strong><strong>o bu</strong><strong>ild healthy sustainable communities and restore the Earth.</strong>&nbsp; Each of us can do more than just talk about what we know we have to do.&nbsp; We can act.</p> <p><a onclick="window.open('http://childhonouring.com/uploads/giftinhonour-letter.jpg','CH','width=550,height=700,left='+(screen.availWidth/2-275)+',top='+(screen.availHeight/2-350)+'');return false;" href="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/giftinhonour lettersm.jpg"><img class="image_right" title="Honour Letter for Gift Giving" src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/giftinhonour lettersm.jpg" alt="Honour Letter for Gift Giving Thumbnail" width="245" height="317" /></a>In this holiday season, please consider a gift to the Centre for Child Honouring&mdash;or <a title="Donate" href="http://childhonouring.org/donate.html">donate to the Centre</a> in lieu of gifts to friends. <strong>Every donation counts as we work towards our vision of a sustainable future for all our children. </strong></p> <p>We appreciate you including the Centre for Child Honouring in your thoughts this holiday season, and we send you our very best wishes.</p> <p>With warmest wishes,</p> <p>Raffi and the Centre for Child Honouring team</p> <p class="normal"><em><span>This year, instead of sending material gifts to your friends and family, present them with a gift letter showing that you have donated to the Centre for Child Honouring on their behalf.<a title="Donation Form" href="http://www.childhonouring.org/donate.html" target="_blank"> Donate today </a>and print an Honour Letter like the one pictured here, for gift giving.</span></em></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Holiday Message

Array ( [id] => 106 [title] => Calling all Beluga Grads! [date] => 1290168000 [preview] => [description] => <p><span><strong></strong></span><img class="image_right" title="Beluga Grad Icon" src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/wePod_square.jpg" alt="Beluga Grad Icon" width="200" height="200" />The Centre for Child Honouring has just launched a brand new <a title="Raffi Beluga Grad Facebook Page" href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Raffi-Beluga-Grads/171598789520795" target="_blank">facebook page</a> for "Beluga Grads"&mdash;the millions of children who listened to Raffi in the 70's and 80's (and 90's).<br /><br />The page offers a special note from Raffi, photos, opportunities for discussion, and&mdash;for a limited time&mdash;a&nbsp;<strong>free download</strong>&nbsp;of the classic Raffi song "Baby Beluga."<br /><br />Visit now and click on the "Band Profile" tab for your download. &nbsp;Post a message, add a photo, or join a discussion&mdash;and then if you are inspired, please "Like" the page and share it with all your facebook friends.</p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Calling all Beluga Grads!

Array ( [id] => 105 [title] => Nov 20th is Universal Children's Day! [date] => 1290168000 [preview] => [description] => <p><img class="image_right" title="Un Logo" src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/logo_UN.jpg" alt="Un Logo" width="225" height="194" />November 20 is Universal Children&rsquo;s Day, established to mark the day on which the United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the <a title="Convention on the Rights of the Child" href="http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/crc.htm">Convention on the Rights of the Child</a> in 1989.&nbsp; The UN recommends that the Day be &ldquo;devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Convention and the welfare of the children of the world.&rdquo;</p> <p><br />We encourage you to honour children everywhere by supporting our call to protect them from all forms of violence.&nbsp; Please sign the <a title="Sign The Plea" href="http://www.childhonouring.org/childrennonviolenceinitiative.html" target="_blank">Plea.</a></p> <p><span><strong><br /></strong></span></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Nov 20th is Universal Children's Day!

Array ( [id] => 104 [title] => The Child Honouring Book - Now Available [date] => 1290081600 [preview] => [description] => <p><img class="image_right" src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/book.jpg" alt="Book" width="175" height="295" />The philosophy of Child Honouring is captured in this anthology of essays by leading child advocacy proponents. The introduction by Raffi and foreword by the Dalai Lama focus on the importance of looking at the world and the future through the lens of "what's best for kids is what's best for us all."&nbsp; Contributors from across many disciplines include renowned child development author Penelope Leach, Nobel Prize nominee Lloyd Axworthy, celebrated cultural historian Riane Eisler, bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver, and ecological economist Ron Colman.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="normal">"A bold vision for a humane and sustainable world, one that honours our moral obligation to our children."<br /><strong><span class="normal">Robert F Kennedy Jr, environmentalist, co-author of The Riverkeepers</span></strong></span></p> <p><span class="normal">"Child Honouring, the book and the project, can bring us back to life. No initiative I know carries more galvanizing power of truth. It breaks open the heart and lets the light shine through, to ignite our deepest passions."<br /><strong><span class="normal">Joanna Macy, author of World As Lover, World As Self</span></strong><br /></span></p> <p><span class="normal"> <p class="normal">"This wonderful book articulates a vision that most humans will realize they believe in. Child Honouring calls on an instinct older than our species to protect our young! Beneath our official titles, positions and identities, we are really mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and each of us is somebody's child."<br /><strong><span class="normal">Severn Cullis Suzuki, beluga grad, ecology advocate</span></strong></p> <p class="normal"><span class="normal">"If you agree that societies are measured by how they treat their children; if you worry that ours is falling calamitously short of the mark; if you yearn for new ideas and a clear vision of how to reshape "a world fit for children", by all means read this sobering, salutary and inspirational book."</span><br /><strong><span class="normal">Stephen Lewis, former Canadian Ambassador to the UN</span></strong></p> <p><span class="sidebar_article_author">&nbsp;</span><span class="normal">"I have never seen such an impressive group of people associated with a book. Child Honouring should be studied by world leaders in politics and industry, as well as by school boards and teachers."</span><br /><strong><span class="normal">Robert Bateman, OC, renowned wildlife artist</span></strong><br /><span class="normal">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="normal"><a title="Amazon.com" href="http://www.amazon.com/Child-Honouring-Turn-World-Around/dp/0986644609/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1290103633&amp;sr=8-1-fkmr1" target="_blank">Now available on Amazon.com&nbsp;&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a title="Book Reviews" href="http://www.childhonouring.org/reviews.html">More about the book....</a><br /></span></p> </span></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

The Child Honouring Book - Now Available

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And we're looking forward to Raffi's upcoming presentation at TEDxKids in Ottawa.<br /> <br /> More on these developments below...<br /></td> </tr> </table> <a name="LETTER.BLOCK9"></a> <table id="content_LETTER.BLOCK9"> <tr> <td width="99%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666">&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;</strong></td> <td width="1%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666" background="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101093164665/top_right.gif">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="left">I CAN<br /> <br /> Raffi and the Centre for Child Honouring are partnering with Kiran Sethi,&nbsp;<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=tnsmljcab&amp;et=1103701003387&amp;s=2&amp;e=0017BhJqd6Mi8SgV2C9S8EFng2AHXh0oejqnTnbIRTnawIZQzaS1MnqrUD3008wji3UMT_tNyrXisii23AVYcpVCLuYs9uH2cmo1Tw840H0MMYArnCht7b_zl6f9sl2xujRHaoj2AIsiOLKACIumtmTow==" target="_blank">TED</a>&nbsp;presenter and the creator of the successful "<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=tnsmljcab&amp;et=1103701003387&amp;s=2&amp;e=0017BhJqd6Mi8TeyxAxb3AUVIqmu8sJTYaxqygGyODPEhRmKhoDh7tiH9Pyapbj7UctFYhh5zvzeVPimwjsBkCplCrEYrAx1o48E5ZTgiKGxnAvxio4nFmFILlloGrVUx0U" target="_blank">Design for Change Contest</a>" in India and around the world.<br /> <br /> Raffi was so impressed with Kiran's vision that he wrote and recorded the&nbsp;<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=tnsmljcab&amp;et=1103701003387&amp;s=2&amp;e=0017BhJqd6Mi8TfDdYEmeg1M14oF69zmfC5RWtSoIb5s6pLStGaMpOffuug_pK2KBwBtrp-PcOnVa2PUaEZFr5OX9iXp6zf48RrbhbKyKK6buAj75mVn7fI8DZhIQoFPiIwCXckSBG_cbI4tj5BaVEf5YECZR_2Sbc-otPmHe0aV5NyD3fX1KtE4Q==" target="_blank">I CAN&nbsp;Song</a>, now the Design For Change theme song and featured on all their&nbsp;websites. Salt Spring Island children added their voices to the song. <br /> <br /> We look forward to continuing our association with Design for Change which empowers school children to design the change in the their communities that will benefit them and the people around them. We are also pleased that they feature Raffi's "<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=tnsmljcab&amp;et=1103701003387&amp;s=2&amp;e=0017BhJqd6Mi8TkJAEjnb9PsaUeJt2eUYRsYxbfRpP0DAIwmv0FDf9-JHpcPQS9VQm6kIp57b4_QsfaMQH6MOCnpAorev_weqbxPtyVpRztCkRByfUp18WPjcMiksqgc2lpgDqFk856u5G8VP1ym4VbqP8d8xYNgP_xHRS6Rz1mVv1hibAKKU67pYmCAwVQar97XpWqE9PEroaXU2oj2Cjnig==" target="_blank">Sign the Plea</a>" campaign on their homepage.<br /></td> </tr> </table> <a name="LETTER.BLOCK9"> </a><a name="LETTER.BLOCK10"></a> <table id="content_LETTER.BLOCK10"> <tr> <td width="99%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666"><strong> &nbsp; </strong></td> <td width="1%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666" background="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101093164665/top_right.gif">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="left"><strong>Sign The Plea<br /> <br /> </strong> Over the summer we made progress on our "<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=tnsmljcab&amp;et=1103701003387&amp;s=2&amp;e=0017BhJqd6Mi8TkJAEjnb9PsaUeJt2eUYRsYxbfRpP0DAIwmv0FDf9-JHpcPQS9VQm6kIp57b4_QsfaMQH6MOCnpAorev_weqbxPtyVpRztCkRByfUp18WPjcMiksqgc2lpgDqFk856u5G8VP1ym4VbqP8d8xYNgP_xHRS6Rz1mVv1hibAKKU67pYmCAwVQar97XpWqE9PEroaXU2oj2Cjnig==" target="_blank">Sign the Plea</a>" campaign, now at 1009 Plea signatories and 152 Proclamation signatories (from over 30 countries). We're working towards our goal of 10,000 to the Plea and 1,000 to the Proclamation.<br /> <br /> We ask all of you to sign on and to send this invitation out to your networks.<br /> <br /> We must take a stand against the continuing violence against children worldwide.<br /></td> </tr> </table> <a name="LETTER.BLOCK11"></a> <table id="content_LETTER.BLOCK11"> <tr> <td width="99%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666"><strong> &nbsp; </strong></td> <td width="1%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666" background="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101093164665/top_right.gif">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="left"><span>YES Magazine<br /> <br /> Raffi was invited to post a blog for Yes! Magazine recently which has struck a chord with readers. It has been picked up by a number of other websites, and we are hoping to see it spread even further.<br /> <br /> " A world fit for children." Would you vote for that?.....<img src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs072/1101973047731/img/48.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="240" height="180" /><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=tnsmljcab&amp;et=1103701003387&amp;s=2&amp;e=0017BhJqd6Mi8QFIKCy_8Mrv01oxb5Mabuzx1xC-fGk-eFXoVOYe-nfLB3IQy1tsigPZGObx6pmR-n0pGRQ3228i2iiaqyH3Xj9l98wsXBJHZp40QtOZS13ydgm1DvTNbGdvGAiCH7moDXn3HttrzfLQAmNXihp72k3B_oHNjzTq0_AeDKlvXCfRQ==" target="_blank">read on</a><br /> </span></td> </tr> </table> <a name="LETTER.BLOCK12"></a> <table id="content_LETTER.BLOCK12"> <tr> <td width="99%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666"><strong> &nbsp; </strong></td> <td width="1%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666" background="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101093164665/top_right.gif">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="left">TEDxKids<br /> <br /> On Tuesday, November 9 Raffi will speak at <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=tnsmljcab&amp;et=1103701003387&amp;s=2&amp;e=0017BhJqd6Mi8RyiTY4ZTLzGV1O6KXWTgsxCUHgR8mjNbTXigK2ZKuSTuDSFDuEUsb-F9mK2GuGlvLXplyDIEjKz9iXfAlOquHLyjyGRL5lp183XRsOEJ-Vkg==" target="_blank">TedxKids</a> in Ottawa, at The National Arts Centre.<br /> <br /> He will present Child Honouring in a unique setting to a diverse cross section of youth and adults at the live event, and then via the online TED video to be featured on their website. <br /></td> </tr> </table> <a name="LETTER.BLOCK13"></a> <table id="content_LETTER.BLOCK13"> <tr> <td width="99%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666">&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp; </strong></td> <td width="1%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666" background="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101093164665/top_right.gif">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="left"><strong>Anthology Softcover<br /> <br /> </strong>The Child Honouring anthology originally published in hardback in 2006, has now been released in paperback with an updated new cover and two new appendices.<br /> <div><br /> <div><img src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs072/1101973047731/img/50.jpg" border="0" alt="" hspace="5" vspace="5" width="191" height="272" align="left" /></div> </div> This new consumer friendly version is available through our <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=tnsmljcab&amp;et=1103701003387&amp;s=2&amp;e=0017BhJqd6Mi8T1oTw7NIL_bIp_rl17eBBNtGH2OtOIXQotHul3TNfqt21YodrZ9neOG691dMKX24XsNs21RUcmU2RlwYG5emjIzbGlI1qFMm43-8Emiz8zxQ==" target="_blank">website</a> and <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=tnsmljcab&amp;et=1103701003387&amp;s=2&amp;e=0017BhJqd6Mi8QIKE5tIkGTi-nqs9jfbs7ZTSUfHQfXuGhoLYxLkp6X-YXTKqr2BGTFB0-0dsIyMNN52yL6Ae9RpQf6MMnVoe7DKGvR-JkMcecU9qNdnqZ7M6mOgciBsStnGraqXgJyIQqONqTl9lijCw1pnQapQgSO8wgj-8n5K60-scnGVYyZglY0H7Gr1630VHN_xcZDODnGhqzqSA7UI_rwCmJDgKkU7PSjaijoDuEO6mNYEU-IobjnmUj00hrc3Why9kn435A=" target="_blank">Amazon.com</a>. <strong><br /> </strong></td> </tr> </table> <a name="LETTER.BLOCK14"> <table id="content_LETTER.BLOCK14"> <tr> <td width="99%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666">&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp; </strong></td> <td width="1%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666" background="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101093164665/top_right.gif"><br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="left"><strong>Speakers Series<br /> <br /> </strong>The third speaker in The Series was Fritjof Capra whose talk on "Learning from Leonardo: A synthesis of Science, Art and Eco Design" was well attended on Sunday, September 26 at ArtSpring.<br /> <div><img src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs072/1101973047731/img/46.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="156" height="205" align="left" /><img src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs072/1101973047731/img/49.jpg" border="0" alt="Capra Book" width="109" height="160" align="right" /></div> <br /> <div>Fritjof Capra is a world renowned physicist and systems theorist and is the founding director of the Centre for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, CA.&nbsp; He is also the author of five international best sellers, including The Tao of Physics, The Web of Life and The Hidden Connections. His latest book, The Science of Leonardo, was published in paperback by Doubleday in 2008.</div> <br /> <div>Stay tuned for information about upcoming speakers in the series.</div> </td> </tr> </table> </a><a name="LETTER.BLOCK15"></a> <table id="content_LETTER.BLOCK15"> <tr> <td width="99%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666"><strong> &nbsp; </strong></td> <td width="1%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666" background="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101093164665/top_right.gif">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="left">The Journal of Developmental Processes<br /> <br /> We recently discovered a Raffi Renaissance DVD Review that was written by Japanese Professor Masatoshi Kawai, <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=tnsmljcab&amp;et=1103701003387&amp;s=2&amp;e=0017BhJqd6Mi8S68ZxKax8vUc_z5e9QM_i_Zth6r3vGuWbFLmuyawS2i4f8FoP_-XfJhB3RWk7NQC7Qx33iqwnp-HnQ18a-sT6bbK3PnnNl_5ZCHwDPNQi27VteYwborwlxESTq2KI1iOIkOkpo6ZUpkNDyWCfBevJ-Cg21BWqXckMvM3u8lTrhSMgPg6AwT7CE" target="_blank">Child Honouring, A Systems Approach</a>, written for The Journal of Development Processes.<br /> <br /> Professor Kawai demonstrated an excellent understanding of Child Honouring and its systems approach to transforming our world.<br /></td> </tr> </table> <a name="LETTER.BLOCK15"> </a><a name="LETTER.BLOCK21"> <table id="content_LETTER.BLOCK21"> <tr> <td width="99%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666"><strong> &nbsp; </strong></td> <td width="1%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666" background="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101093164665/top_right.gif">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="left"><strong>Communications Director<br /> <br /> </strong>We are pleased to announce that Salt Spring's Suzanne Little has joined us as Communications Director.&nbsp; Suzanne brings with her a wealth of knowledge about communications and the use of social media.<br /> <strong><br /> </strong></td> </tr> </table> </a><a name="LETTER.BLOCK20"> <table id="content_LETTER.BLOCK20"> <tr> <td width="99%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666"><strong> &nbsp; </strong></td> <td width="1%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666" background="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101093164665/top_right.gif">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="left">Fundraising<br /> <br /> We are pleased to accept donations to further our work, please see the DONATE button in this newsletter for a variety of ways for you to participate.<br /> <br /> No donation is too small and every donation in sincerely appreciated.<br /></td> </tr> </table> </a><a name="LETTER.BLOCK25"></a> <table id="content_LETTER.BLOCK25"> <tr> <td width="99%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666"><strong> &nbsp; </strong></td> <td width="1%" align="left" bgcolor="#006666" background="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101093164665/top_right.gif">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="left"><strong>Retire Ronald<br /> <br /> </strong>Raffi and The Centre for Child Honouring supports Corporate Accountability International and its Value [the] Meal campaigns recently launched national initiative calling on McDonald's to retire Ronald McDonald from hooking our kids on unhealthy food.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> They make the case for McDonald's to stop marketing to kids in their new report Clowning with Kids Health, and conducted a new national poll that the majority of parents with children would like to see Ronald retired.<br /> <br /> Go to their website, <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=tnsmljcab&amp;et=1103701003387&amp;s=2&amp;e=0017BhJqd6Mi8SAV5rLosCfXPNtGwt02csPq4SWQTE4mIQ8tdMJyTO6X_EeUJLKvWcNoW5p9wO7Aw2Y259dDIeUy-WAxspLp-ImG12XqydHzzqsboZ2cQABIw==" target="_blank">www.RetireRonald.org</a> and learn more about how Ronald McDonald hooks kids from an early age.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table> <tr> <td width="100%" align="left" valign="top" bgcolor="#ffffff"> <table> <tr> <td height="1">&nbsp;</td> </tr> </table> <table id="content_LETTER.BLOCK18"> <tr> <td align="left"> <div>We look forward to keeping you up to date as we move forward with our work and we thank everyone who has supported us. Please visit us at <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=tnsmljcab&amp;et=1103701003387&amp;s=2&amp;e=0017BhJqd6Mi8R2a8AWIOEjroOm5plh8UFyLlUXzXt4zuhOGwMwScfXwapz-PpWuupgv8dYtPN25TMYtF0DknN_8Mys_-TaJtn0jcWQnyKNRAYtmBWf53cDpg==" target="_blank">Childhonouring.org</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Sincerely,</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <br /> Judi Wilson<br /> The Centre for Child Honouring</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="100%" height="10" align="left">&nbsp;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </div> <div> <table> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </table> </div> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

October, 2010 Newsletter

Array ( [id] => 98 [title] => Child Honouring - Paperback edition [date] => 1285848000 [preview] => [description] => <p><span class="text_subtitle"></span><img class="image_right_noTopMargin" src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/book.jpg" alt="Child Honouring" width="150" height="253" /></p> <p style="margin: 10px 0px 15px; padding: 0px;"><strong>Now available from<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Child-Honouring-Turn-World-Around/dp/0986644609/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1281707643&amp;sr=1-1">Amazon.com</a>.</p> <p style="margin: 10px 0px 15px; padding: 0px;"><span class="bold_blue">CHILD HONOURING - HOW TO TURN THIS WORLD AROUND</span><br />Foreword by the Dalai Lama. Edited by Raffi Cavoukian and Sharna Olfman.</p> <p style="margin: 10px 0px 0; padding: 0px;">Sharna Olfman joins Raffi Cavoukian to introduce his original philosophy, Child Honouring&mdash;a compassionate revolution in values, a children-first approach to global restoration.<br /><br />This remarkable anthology outlines the unprecedented threats to life at this defining moment in history, and offers a novel and systemic remedy for societal transformation based on honouring our youngest and &ldquo;most valuable players.&rdquo; Contributors from across many disciplines include renowned child development author Penelope Leach, Nobel Prize nominee Lloyd Axworthy, celebrated cultural historian Riane Eisler, bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver, and ecological economist Ron Colman.<br /><br />Child Honouring is a corrective lens that, once we look through it, allows us to question everything from the way we measure economic progress to our stewardship of the planet; from our physical treatment of children to the corporate impact on their minds and bodies; from rampant consumerism to factory schooling. It offers a proactive developmental approach to creating sustainable societies.<br /><br />As a creed that crosses all faiths and cultures, Child Honouring is a unifying idea: a central organizing principle for a culture of peace. This book will inspire thought&mdash;and provoke action&mdash;by all who read it.</p> [page_id] => [footer] => )

Child Honouring - Paperback edition

Array ( [id] => 99 [title] => Pediatric Society Award [date] => 1283342400 [preview] => [description] => <p>The <a title="Canadian Pediatric Society" href="http://www.cps.ca/English/AnnualConference/2010/Highlights.asp" target="_blank"><span><span>Canadian Pediatric Society</span></span></a> named Raffi Cavoukian their 2010 Honorary Member, an award Raffi said he felt honoured to receive.&nbsp; This honour is for the Child Honouring work Raffi has engaged in recent years, and now with the Centre for Child Honouring. Past recipients include Senator Landon Pearson and The Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.</p> <p><img src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/paediatric-award-1.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><img src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/paediatric-2.jpg" alt="" /></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Pediatric Society Award

Array ( [id] => 100 [title] => Plea and Proclamation Update [date] => 1280660400 [preview] => [description] => <p>One month into the Centre&rsquo;s &ldquo;Sign the Plea&rdquo; campaign (Children &amp; Nonviolence Initiative), we have gained over 600 Plea signatories from around the world, and over 110 faith leaders have signed the Proclamation, from these 22 countries: France, Canada, Slovenia, UK, USA, India, Brazil, Austria, Indonesia, New Zealand, Iran, Lebanon, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Finland, Ecuador, Ghana, Japan, Italy Panama, Denmark, Rwanda. They represent the following religions or spiritual traditions: Aboriginal, Bahai, Buddhism, Christianity, Hindu, Judaism, Shinto, Zen, and Yoga.</p> <p><img src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/p&amp;p.png" alt="" width="500" /></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Plea and Proclamation Update

Array ( [id] => 101 [title] => Design for Change Contest [date] => 1277982000 [preview] => [description] => <p>A program empowering the children of India by Kiran bir Sethi is bound to engage your heart. This visionary champion of children has signed the <a href="childrennonviolenceinitiative.html">Plea to Faith Leaders</a> and posted it on her <a href="http://designforchangecontest.com/" target="_blank">Design For Change contest</a> website. Namaste, Kiran!</p> <p><img src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/kiran.jpg" alt="" width="168" height="293" /></p> [page_id] => 0 [footer] => )

Design for Change Contest

Array ( [id] => 102 [title] => Spring Newsletter 2010 [date] => 1270119600 [preview] => [description] => <p><span class="bold_blue">DEAR FRIEND IN CHILD HONOURING,</span><br /><br /><strong>You are invited to become a Signatory in a campaign of global importance.</strong><br /><br />We have become increasingly alarmed by the prevalence of violence against children worldwide.<br /><br />The <strong>Children &amp; Nonviolence Initiative</strong> of the Centre for Child Honouring provides a focal point for faith leaders to express their commitment to honouring the dignity of children.<br /><br />We believe the times provide an opportunity for a <strong>new religious moment</strong>, in which the public and&nbsp; the world's spiritual leaders act in concert in honour of the world's young. This could profoundly impact human behaviour for generations.<br /><br />*We invite all citizens to sign the <strong>PLEA TO FAITH LEADERS</strong> and send it to their community faith leader and to the leader of your religion or faith tradition.<br />The PLEA calls on faith leaders to sign a PROCLAMATIONin a show of unity.<br /><br />*We invite all faith leaders to sign the <strong>PROCLAMATION</strong>.<br /><br />We trust that a such a massive outpouring of public and religious support for would:<br />a) have significantly beneficial impacts on behaviour in families, communities, schools and institutions worldwide, and<br />b) bring renewed awareness and support for implementing the articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.<br /><br />This outpouring could also spark a historic multi-faith decree upholding the sanctity of the child and urging an end to the elimination of physical, mental and emotional violence against children. Such a new religious moment would be a vital step forward towards a new era of peace with and for our young.<br /><br /><strong>Please sign the Plea, or the Proclamation</strong><br />at <a href="childrennonviolenceinitiative.html">www.childhonouring.org/signtheplea</a><br /><br />We would very much appreciate your sharing of this letter and attachments<br />with all in your networks.<br /><br />In gratitude,<br />CENTRE FOR CHILD HONOURING<br /><br />Raffi Cavoukian, C.M., O.B.C., founder and chair<br />Advisory Council members:<br />Very Rev. Dr. Bill Phipps, former moderator, United Church of Canada<br />Carolyn Pogue, author, peace activist</p> <p><img src="http://childhonouring.com/uploads/p&amp;p.png" alt="" width="500" /></p> [page_id] => [footer] => )

Spring Newsletter 2010

News & Updates

A COLOURFUL GIFT TO BC TEACHERS

My Drawing Our World is a 60-page full colour booklet featuring original drawings by children aged 7 to 14 from schools in Duncan, Victoria, and Salt Spring Island, BC. It is the culmination of a Centre for Child Honouring program in which students learned about the Covenant for Honouring Children and then illustrated its nine Principles.

The drawings portray the world that the children would like to see: full of animals, trees, plant life, caring and safe communities, support for local farms and crafts people, nonviolence and loving parenting. This booklet is an inspiring resource for both teachers and students.

In support of BC public education, the Centre is offering free copies of the booklet to the first 200 teachers to sign up - no charge for the booklet, free shipping - first come, first served. One booklet per teacher. Offer ends on November 15, 2014.

Please sign up for your free booklet here.

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